With 8 working days to go the formal retirement notice was issued to the staff today. I've tried to do things the "right" way in this process, but I am having an issue dealing with the rank hypocrisy emanating from the executive office. When I gave my two weeks' notice I told the boss that I couldn't find a section in the employee handbook for how to do this (retire), so I wanted to know what his desires would be for a smooth transition, and I offered to consider extending my notice if they would consider providing certain accommodations. While I was under no obligation to make such an offer, I felt that it was the responsible thing to do given that there is no plan for replacing me and this is undoubtedly the worst time of the year for me to be leaving.
I don't have any illusions about being indispensable, but I was surprised when my offer was given a cursory brush-off. "That's ok, we'll just take the two weeks' notice." Fine with me, but I am concerned that my staff and other department heads know that I offered to smooth the transition and if things blow up after I'm gone, it's not because I didn't offer to help out. At the same time, I want to embrace the last few days of work before FIRE and celebrate the culmination of a lifelong dream with my co-workers, but I'm concerned that there will be some resentment that I'm leaving people in the lurch when I specifically tried not to do that.
Of course, they are already planning the dinner, which I always said I wanted the biggest party the company would pay for, but now I worry that I'll just be frustrated because I'll have to sit there and listen to the execs tell everyone what a great loss it will be to the company when I know that their true perception is that I am valued so little they would rather have everyone wing it than negotiate a smooth transition.
I will be so happy when this is over.