Organising a Leaving Do

When one of your colleagues is leaving their job, it’s an emotional time. As well as having to say goodbye to a trusted friend, possibly someone you’ve relied on in stressful times, there’s also the additional work to be picked up, and new starters to absorb into your team. This stress is multiplied if you are responsible for organising the leaving party for your departing colleague. A lot rests on it: it’ll colour all their memories of their time at the company, and if your colleague is retiring this is your chance to leave a lasting impression to see them into their retirement.

Getting it right is important. So today we’re taking a look at some tips for organising a work leaving do so you can do justice to the friend and colleague you have to say goodbye to.

Venue

It’s important to fit the venue to the event. If the person who’s saying goodbye hasn’t been with the company for very long, then going all out at their leaving do would be disproportionate and wouldn’t leave you a way to escalate in order to show more respect to someone who’s been in service to the company for longer.

If the person you’re recognising has worked for a long time, and especially if they are retiring it makes more sense to pull the stops out. If you’re looking at venue hire in London, there are plenty of options that let you tailor the event to the person: don’t forget this is their goodbye, so it should make them feel comfortable.

If they’re a bit quieter a nice way to recognise their contribution is to book a nice restaurant and take them for dinner with some of the colleagues they’ve worked most closely with over the years. If you’re saying goodbye to someone more gregarious, who has been the committed life and soul of the party over the course of their career, holding a big event in a larger is a good send off. It allows them to be the centre of attention once more, and for all the people they have influenced to say goodbye.

Gifts, Speeches, Entertainment

It’s important to remember that whatever you organise, it all comes back to the person who’s leaving. If your plans start to get a little grandiose try to think about whether the person who’s leaving would enjoy it. If they wouldn’t, cut back your plans and focus back on them. Make sure everything is serving the purpose of saying goodbye to a valued colleague, and allowing them to say goodbye. Appreciation can be low key, or quite dramatic as long as it is appropriate to the person you’re saying goodbye to.

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