Organizing a work farewell gift can be another chore on top of your workload,
but it doesn't have to be hard.
Just follow the tips below to make execution easier than thinking up the goodbye gift itself:
If you find farewells fun, or in fact the only creative thing about your workplace, then the whole thing is a lot easier.
But you may still need to get other people on board.
This can be harder when the workplace is particularly transient, with a high turn-over.
Follow the principles below to make it easier for people to put money in.
1. Take charge.
Email and let people know that you will be organizing the going away gift.
Suggest a price range that you think the workplace together should spend.
When people know that you are in charge, it makes things easier for them.
Solicit replies that include suggestions on the goodbye gift or price.
Note: If you can find something online, such as the farewell gift shop, you can send the link around, further brainwashing work colleagues and gaining their tacit acceptance. People are more likely to donate if they know exactly what their money is buying.
2. Tell them what and how much.
After a period of time (e.g. three days), decide on the present.
Then email people to tell them how much each they are required to donate.
This serves as a further reminder to donate.
3. Keep a list, and purchase.
It is better to get the funds from people before buying the farewell present.
Keep a list of who has donated, and how much.
When you have the required amount, go ahead and purchase.
4. Make the process transparent.
Refund excess money, or buy a second item.
An excess of a couple dollars, however, is ok for you to keep for your labour.
If that will become an issue, then spend all the money on going away gifts.
If you find yourself in this situation - just make it a personal gift.
List contributors in the goodbye gift card.
Whether you want to present this farewell gift in 'public' is up to you.
It's not what you give, it's how you make them feel.
No time to think of gift ideas?