Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The Corporate Farewell Note

The last two times I said farewell to a workplace, it was not of my own choosing and there was no farewell note. In October 2006 when I left Interpublic Media, there was no one to send a farewell note to. My entire division had been eliminated, including 95% of the people I knew at the company.

The second time, which was last month from Barclays Capital, the HR functionary who politely showed me the door told me that if I sent a note, even one that simply gave contact info, I would risk losing my severance.

But the corporate farewell email has blossomed into a artform of its own, even those headlined "So Long Suckas" at Google.

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