How to Say Goodbye to a Coworker Who Is Leaving

Written by sarah morgan
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How to Say Goodbye to a Coworker Who Is Leaving
Saying goodbye to coworkers is a regular occurence in today's workplace. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Work culture in America has changed dramatically in the 21st century. For the baby boomer generation and their parents, it was common to hold only one or two jobs throughout the course of your entire career. Today, it is common for individuals to change jobs every few years. This increased employee turnover rate results in the need to bid farewell to your coworkers on a regular basis. To say goodbye to a co-worker who is leaving in a gracious manner, it is important to organise within your department to plan a proper send-off.

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Things you need

  • Store-bought sheet cake
  • Plates
  • Forks
  • Napkins
  • Blank greeting card
  • Small gift (gift token, picture frame)

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  1. 1

    Send a top-secret interoffice memo to everyone in your department except the person who is leaving. Ask them to donate money and block out their lunch hour on your co-worker's last day in the office.

  2. 2

    Use the donated money to purchase a sheet cake from a local bakery, a blank greeting card and a small gift that your co-worker will enjoy. Hide these items in a place where your co-worker will not see them.

  3. 3

    Pass the blank card around your department, asking everyone to write a goodbye note on the inside. Do this a few days before your co-worker is scheduled to leave, so that you do not miss anyone who called in sick one day.

  4. 4

    Sneak over to the break room a little before your lunch hour on your co-worker's last day. Display the cake on a table, and set out plates, forks and napkins. Place the small gift and card on the table beside the cake.

  5. 5

    Return to your department and announce that everyone should gather in the break room, including the co-worker who is leaving. Have the group sing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" or ask everyone to say a kind word of farewell to their co-worker. Slice the cake, and pass it around. Have the co-worker open the gift in front of everyone, so your coworkers can see what their donations purchased.

Tips and warnings

  • Delegate tasks such as ordering the cake and purchasing the gift, so that you are not overburdened.
  • Do not attempt to go over the top with decoration for your send-off. If you take too long in the break room, the co-worker who is leaving is likely to get suspicious, and the surprise will be ruined.

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