When employees do depart, depending on the circumstances, HR is often responsible for planning any type of farewell gathering in the office. It’s a good idea to first ask the departing employee if he or she wants a farewell party; the person might not. If they do, you’ll then want to ask what kind of food or dessert he or she would like. (Of course, there are cases such as a termination as a result of a disciplinary action where a farewell party is not at all appropriate.)

Exit interviews, termination paperwork, retirement paperwork, transfer paperwork, resignation letters, and extended sick leave all require an amount of sensitivity to the person who is leaving, whose feelings should ...

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