In our various worlds of work, we take time and lots of it.
We take the time to suffer through those never-ending staff meetings and to work on painfully complicated projects with people we don’t always like. We take the time to create intricate long-range plans in order to accomplish our company’s altruistic (ahem) goals.
Some of us spend an uncanny amount of minutes rearranging the items on our desks to create the perfect feng shui or perhaps just to procrastinate. Or maybe a little of both. Still others while away the minutes gossiping by the water cooler about who did what to whom and why in the name of perverse camaraderie, utter boredom or pure professional schizophrenia.
Some pass the time as posers, pretending to work while shopping for shoes, chatting with friends or bidding on items that have nothing whatsoever to do with our jobs.
Everyone is different. And of course, some of us have a higher work ethic than others. Regardless, there is one thing that we don’t always do when we should.
When people leave our organizations, we don’t always take the time to facilitate closure…theirs or our own.
We don’t always take the time to say goodbye, good luck and maybe even, under our breath, of course, an occasional good riddance you no good bastard.
We don’t always recognize the positive things that those leaving us have done. Maybe we never even noticed what those things were in the first place because we were so busy doing whatever it is that we tell ourselves we do for a living.
Make no mistake about it, closure is beautiful thing.
Remember that the next time you hear that someone (yet again!) is leaving your organization. Whether the exiting party was much loved or loathed, go to the farewell luncheon. Shell out the fifteen bucks for a less than tasty lunch. Sign the card. Suffer through the ever so predicable forced fun of it.
Let the guy leaving you have his moment to say goodbye and thank you to those around him. Take your moment to reciprocate this small yet so important professional decency.
Marking the end of one chapter signifies the beginning of another. It’s a healthy thing to do. After all, it’s what separates us from the zombies.