There is an issue in the company that regarding giving the farewell party to the employee who is leaving the company.
We have an employee who is associated to the company from the inception and has given her whole to the contribution & to the growth of the company.she is leaving as getting married.
Now what i feel is that if an employee is leaving the co. its loss to the company and it cannot be celebrated.other thought is that she has contributed so much to the growth , al least when she is leaving she should be given a party giving her the feeling of importance.
Now if its given to one then it has to be given to all who are leaving which i suppose is not feasible.
I want your opinion and suggestions regarding this issue....what can be the right way???
Thanking you,
Bhavna Bhadka
15th November 2006 From India, Vadodara

I want your opinion and suggestions regarding this issue....what can be the right way???
From your narration my humble opinion is she sure does deserve a party considering her loyalty, contribution, commitment etc. I know her leaving the company is nothing to celebrate as you’ll are losing a valuable employee.
But in my observation, farewell parties are not official. It is rather a tribute to her which is organized by her set of friends or the department. When you are leaving a company, if you are leaving the company and you are a worthy person, then your co-workers wish you good luck with a bash.
As far as I am aware, there is no written down policy with regard to this in any company and these parties are not officially organized by the management, hence no conflict.
I am no pro, so comments and criticism is welcome.
15th November 2006 From Sri Lanka
Dear Bhavana,
Its nice to give the farewell to a person. some times the company doesnt support to it. even samething happend with me too. but i dint bother.. but my colleages did it.. by collecting the amount from themselves from each person, and they made the company to feel shame on their part. And now I hear that the company gives the farewell party & other too.
15th November 2006 From India, Mangaluru
Two sents fro me...
Giving farewell parties...is the area to concentrate for departments and not for company. It is a private affair and companies or management don't get involved in this.
Giving farewell party to one does not mean that it is for all. Usually, length of your association with the company and your contribution towards the growth of the company...decides if you will get farewell party or not.
I hope this will help.
Sanjeev Sharma
(Blog: http://sanjeevhimachali.blogspot.com/)
15th November 2006 From India, Mumbai
I subscribe to the views of Ashra
And from your query i understand that your colleague is leaving because of her marriage. So why not given her a party.
We also need to take care of them so that they have pleasent memories with our company.
We never know we might rehire them one day.
SG Vignesh
15th November 2006 From India, Madras
Thank you very much Ashra, Daniel, Sanjeev & Vignesh for your valuable suggestions & opinions.
We have done the same thing , all of us have contributed and we are giving her a great party.
And may be it is that company never gets involve but we as individuals can always get involved and give great farewells to our colleagues.
Thank you all
Have a great time...
Bhavna Bhadka
15th November 2006 From India, Vadodara
In my view point an organization should specify its view point / policy pertaining to farewell parties in its policy manual.
Ideally the organization should arrange for a farewell party to any employee who has served it for five years or more. This will create a good impression about the organization with the parting employee and also with those continuing with it.
The ticklish issue arises when an employee is retrenched or is parting in a not too friendly situation. Hence a company can always state in their policy that it will arrange for a farewell party at its discretion.
Colleagues may be allowed to arrange for a farewell for its colleagues in the premises of the organization after the working hours at their expense.
15th November 2006
In my opinion she deserves the party becos she has worked with full dedication for the Co. and she is leaving not becos she got some better offer in monetary terms but she is leaving becos she is getting married so you all are giving her all your wishes through this party.
As far as losing a good employee part is concerned its a part of life and we all have accept this. Atleast she will feel good when you all will arrange party for her as it will show your concern and affection towards her.
16th November 2006 From India, Ghaziabad
Dear Bhavna,
My view point is that you need to have clear guidlines mapped out for farewell party in your organization; you can frame a policy where any person serving the organization for 5-7 years will be given a farewell party and get it approved from the top management. You can decide upon the budget for the same.
16th November 2006 From India, Nagpur
Hi Bhavana,
The fact is that your colleague is leaving as she is getting married. Had it not been for her marriage she would have stuck on. The company may be at a loss due to her resignation, but then the employee is moving on in life.
There is no doubt that a farewell is in order. Whether its at a departmental level or at management level, thats a policy decision. It would depend - Heads of Dept may be given a farewell by the company, other levels could be departmental with the company chipping in financially and laying down scales. Anything beyond the laid down scale would be shared by the dept. Even if its a loss to the company, the employees feel happy that the company cares for them.
Slightly off the topic though related - is she leaving town? Is she willing to rejoin after a month of two? Why not keep the option open? I have come across a number of cases wherein a lady resigns due to marriage only to return a few months later wanting to rejoin.
All the best
16th November 2006 From India, New Delhi


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