Monday, September 21, 2009


There have been innumerable farewell functions that I have attended considering the fact that I have spent twenty eight long years in the Human Resources Function. I have always observed that a lot of good is said about the retiring employee and nostalgic memories are kindled by those near and dear. The retiring employee already full of emotions due to his long association with the organization feels all the more terribly disturbed.

This is generally the drab routine in most of the farewell functions. I remember that in one such farewell, the employee after hearing to all the accolades showered on him, mentioned humorously that if such feedback was given to him earlier, he probably would have contributed multifold.

A farewell that I distinctly remember to date was one filled with fun. The Master of Ceremonies requested all present to indulge in celebrations, and packed it with all the humorous moments he had shared with the retiring employee. This placement set the tone for others to follow and for once I saw the retiring employee in splits of laughter thoroughly enjoying the entire function. There was no place for choked emotions and parched throats.

I recall having read somewhere the following lines which sound apt here. ‘People may forget what you said. People may forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.’


Sylvia K said...

Nothing truer than your last words!! Unfortunately, that isn't always the program for farewell parties! Thoughtful post, as always!

Enjoy your day!


♥ Braja said...

Never a truer word spoken. And most especially when the memory's foundation is laughter :)

nsiyer said...

sylvia thanks a lot. Take care.

Braja , yes how apt is your comme.nt. Things are changing.

Kavi said...

Farewell is about faring well in the future !

I have always wondered why the past is brought so much into wishing someone about the future !

Perhaps thats the only context that anybody would have with a retiring individual ! Still...drawing from the past to wish someone about for the future...hmm !

Sriram said...

The last sentence is very true.

I havent attended many farewell functions. Of the ones I attended, I remember one where the retiring employee gave an awesome speech. It was mix of humour, deep insight and wit. The speech was quite reflective of the person he is.

Neha said...

‘People may forget what you said. People may forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.’ - this is so very true...thank you for sharing this sir...:)

Anu...:) said...

The last lines are very true.
Very nice post :) {The only farewell I know is my school which everything was going great until our english sir gave a speech and made us emotional:P}

Samyukta said...

Sir, beautifully written piece.Someone said we only meet to part again...I guess thats what life is about meeting and departing...your last line is so profound!

Nikhil D said...

Feelings play an important role here as they end up giving a strong impression about the giver.... Cant agree more on the ending lines

Kevin said...

Sir, your last statement ..

‘People may forget what you said. People may forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.’

that really says it all !!

( I have taken the liberty of adding a link to your post on my blog )