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.
Sometimes it's just hard getting people motivated to contribute ("if you want love look in your pay packet" is one comment I've overheard!) so it will help to describe how the person leaving has helped people/ went above and beyond to make things easier for others/ made everyone's work day better.
This way, you are priming people's feelings and hopefully it will make their wallet less stiff!
The other challenge is what to get that person - you may not know them very well, or you don't know what they already have, or you don't know what they would really like. There are plenty of ideas on this site but try to use the human capital, that is, your fellow workmates, to help you out.
Follow the principles below to make it easier for people to put money in.
1. Take charge.
Plan ahead, make sure you start with plenty of time.
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. Be discreet if people email you back with a different idea of how much to spend. Nobody likes to be judged for their thriftiness!
When people know that you are in charge, it makes things easier for them.
replies that include suggestions on the goodbye gift or price, especially if you don't know the person very well.
For people who don't want to give their money, ask if they can make a cake for morning tea (see below), or help decorate the morning tea table (giving time).
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.
5. Be discreet, polite and professional
Everyone wants to leave on a good note - how you act to your colleagues as you collect money actually reflects the vibes onto the person leaving! If you bully people to donate, the person leaving is resented! And you'll still be there, not having a great time in a workplace where people don't like you! So above all, represent yourself well. Hopefully your eventual farewell will be lovely too.
If you find yourself in this situation - just make it a personal gift.
List yourself and any other 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?