When a co-worker leaves a job it's hard to know the right words to say. Regardless of how you say farewell it's important for her to leave knowing what her time with you meant. Whether the person has sat at the desk next to yours for 20 years or if it's someone who's only been in the office a short time, co-workers often play a significant role in our day-to-day lives. Keeping your farewell positive and personal will have a lasting impact as your co-worker goes forward with a new job.
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Write about some of the most memorable times you've had with your co-worker. Consider inside jokes, office pranks, or memorable office parties. Keep it light and positive.
Find a card that best represents your co-worker and his journey ahead. On the inside of the card write a special note including some of those memorable times and some thoughts about your work together. Write words that are genuine and heartfelt, and let him know you enjoyed his company, support and encouragement.
Create a small farewell basket of items that will help your co-worker in the next chapter of her life. Books, snacks, and office supplies are all appropriate items for the basket. Consider asking other co-workers to join in and contribute.
Tips and warnings
- Add items to the farewell basket that you know your co-worker really enjoys. Purchase small items like a favourite candy or soda as a thoughtful way to show that you value your time together.
- Avoid any negative words about your current job or boss when writing your farewell.