How a Business Can Acknowledge a Retiree

by on December 11, 2018

Retirement is an exciting new chapter for people who get to make it to that point in their lives. It may seem that work has all that they have done for the past 40 years or more. But now, after all that time and hard work, it has finally paid off. When someone in your company or work is up for retirement, there should be a celebration for this milestone in their life. They will feel appreciated by the people that worked with for the past years. Plus, seeing that another employee is valued and esteemed by their colleagues and the company can only boost morale within the workplace.

It can always be a hard adjustment for someone heading to retirement. There is the financialaspect and the other aspect is thinking of what will the retiree do with all ofthe free time they have? Getting to the point of retirement can be uneasy andalmost nerve-wracking for others. A wonderful goodbye party or thoughtful giftis an excellent way to let the retiree you will be thinking of them andappreciate their dedication to their job.

There are quite a few ways to let someone know they are appreciated and will be missed. One of the best ways is to throw a party. It does not have to be a surprise party. A laid-back and casual end of the day office party can show just how much you have valued their time at the office. The best way is to find the people that know the retiree the best and see what kind of party the retiree would want.

Another thoughtful way to show your care is a tailored gift. Find out whether they are into sports, a specific hobby or something that they enjoy. It does not have to be an enormous gift; even a couple of people close to the retiree giving a small token of gratitude is a kind gesture. Offer to pool money for an elaborate present or provide one on your own if you were close to the retiree.

If there is time, personalize a gift. Something that is made by hand, like a scrapbook with plenty of memories from the time they have been with the company, is something for them to remember for years to come. The retiree can always look and think about their good times within the company and with their co-workers.

A company thank-you award should be given by either the head or a manager of the retiree. Acknowledging the retiree and commending their valued efforts can also show other employees how the company takes care of their employees. People are loyal to companies that treat them with respect and gratitude. A simple crystal trophy or plaque given to the retiree will go a long way. If you want to start a new tradition, name an award after them and make it more meaningful.

Making a brief presentation for the retiree shows them the people they have positively affected and the impact they have had on the company. Heartfelt stories along with some funny ones should overview the retiree’s influences. If the retiree has a sense of humor, a roast will bring laughter and happiness to the people that knew the retiree best. A few speeches from people that know the retiree best will make them feel treasured and glad that they worked for the company they worked for.

The simplest way for a retiree is also a card. Have everyone in the office sign it, even people who did not know the retiree all too well. It will still give the sign of gratefulness by the entire workplace.

Before the retiree’s last day, make sure that human resource staff goes over specific details of retirement with them. Cover everything from health insurance, benefits, pensions, and 401K/403B plans. It may not have to be a long drawn out meeting, but looking out for a former employee can send a message of devotedness throughout the office.

Whichever gift, party, or fun event you have planned for the retiree, make sure it is a celebration for them. The retiree will remember the small details that made their transition from worker to retiree memorable. Tab

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