maybetomorrow22 · 17/07/2015 21:56
I have just returned from leaving drinks for my leaving do from my work( I have left for a new job) and have been presented with a pen.
A pen... .
After nearly 7 years service, I get a pen.
AIBU to be slightly ungrateful for a pen??
Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost · 17/07/2015 22:05
Oh I suppose it's the old clique. It's the thought that counts but I do tend to agree with you. It does seem somewhat measley. I mean what type of pen is it. Just a biro or gold plated with your name on and a message, thank you for your services or wishing you well. As that does put a slightly different spin on the matter.
However I am sure you would have very happier with wine chocolates flowers and bubble bath, as most of us would be.
I can just visualise the scene you being presented with the pen, acting all grateful but inwardly thinking WTF. because that's just what you do when you receive a gift, whether you like the gift or not. It's an unwritten rule
maybetomorrow22 · 17/07/2015 22:28
It's nothing special, in a presentation box. No message or anything. Apparently they were running around at 5pm to get something for me. Pretty thoughtless considering my last working day was Monday...
I'm quite tempted to stab them in the eyes, DH certainly was up to the challenge.
Kinda cements that my decision to leave was the right decision
maybetomorrow22 · 17/07/2015 22:40
sycamore I now feel bad for complaining about a pen. A pill box would come in so useful I hope you have moved onto better pastures.
Nolim I don't think it is something new. I have always contributed to a leaving contribution or been involved in organising a "do".
maybetomorrow22 · 17/07/2015 22:47
Mrsmorton I have organised leaving dos for former colleagues from massive sit down meals to casual drinks and there has always been a thought behind it, however I would not consider a "leaving gift" for someone moving department. Perhaps in that situation I would consider a drinks reception.
I am not ungrateful, just a little put out considering after seven years of service there was no thought or consideration
Sycamoretrees · 17/07/2015 22:48
I have indeed, pretty much confirmed how thoughtless and out of touch the management were. They gave a gift becuase they needed to be seen giving one, not because they wanted to do something nice for me. Leaving gifts don't have to cost a fortune to be nice and appreciated.
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