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Old 01-11-2021, 12:08 PM   #21
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Had a small luncheon a week before I left. Day of retirement, I walked around saying
my goodbyes to close associates, left at noon, drove to HR, turned in my badge and picked up last check.
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Old 01-11-2021, 12:48 PM   #22
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DH and I just retired on the 5th! My immediate colleagues and our substitutes and student workers gathered in the children's area of the library at 4 p.m., when we closed the doors to the public. Little Caesar's pizza, salt & pepper green beans from the local Chinese restaurant, and arroz con leche made by a colleague's MIL. Said colleague went home and picked up her 6 m.o. boy so we could be charmed by his big smile. The asst. manager asked me to talk about my best memories from the different library locations I've worked at, and the group gave me a set of marble bookends for all the library books I have checked-out. For an introvert like myself, it was a perfect send-off and will remain among my fondest memories. I think it induced a kind of amnesia for the most irritating customer/administration moments of my career! Poor DH, working in from home at Megacorp, had to make do with MS Teams goodbyes and sent his laptop back via UPS.
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Old 01-11-2021, 01:26 PM   #23
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Fuss or no fuss, just be grateful you get to leave on the day of your choosing. My company (defense contractor) had been in perpetual WARN mode since late 2005 by the time they got around to laying me off in late 2012. They continued with the WARN state for a few more years afterward before tapering off (with 80% less employees in the area).

While I am happy that our financial situation is quite stable for us in retirement, I did not have a going away luncheon. Most who were laid off without volunteering didn't either. I also cannot forget the feeling of when my rear tires hit the company parking lot exit at 9am on a Wednesday after my 30 minutes with HR, dumping me right into the remainder of the morning commute. Surreal doesn't even begin to describe it.
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Old 01-11-2021, 01:51 PM   #24
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My last day is about 4 weeks away and will be no fuss. I expect to chat with my direct reports and a handful of close friends but that's about it. This suits me fine.
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Old 01-16-2021, 12:31 AM   #25
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I would have loved a no-fuss retirement day, but in the military it's just not possible. They insist on having a little ceremony where they bring in a couple of high rankers to say what a fine fellow you are, pin another medal on you, and make jokes about how much you'll miss military life.
What are they going to do if you refuse to show up for your retirement ceremony-- yell at you and then force you to retire?

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As you might know, retirement from the military almost ALWAYS means a big deal. Lunches, ceremony, etc. I personally wasn't interested in any of that, and decided there would be no ceremony. My boss (who I rarely dealt with since he was a non-flier and was a few miles away) wasn't too thrilled and tried very hard to convince me otherwise. Nonetheless, I was able to avoid putting on a ceremony and made my last day @ w*rk such that no one really knew it was my last day except my direct supervisor, who agreed with my plan.

Oh, it is possible...but it's a pain. It doesn't hurt that the regulation clearly states that the retirement ceremony is in accordance with the RETIREES wishes, not his/her blowhard commander. ;D
We must have worked for the same blowhard commander.

I was told many times that I "needed the closure of a retirement ceremony", and I kept politely declining... from the retirement coordinator (who was secretly relieved about it) up to the CO. We did about three rounds of that during the nine months before I started terminal leave, just so, you know, in case I suddenly changed my mind they still had time to order the sheet cake.

I had worked with that particular CO before, and I knew that he'd been the subject of a Congressional inquiry for not giving one of his people an appropriate award or a retirement ceremony. He was motivated to host my retirement for his personal reasons, not for my closure.

I spent the intervening months writing all of the awards packages and recommendations that I could. There were plenty of volunteers, and I hounded a couple people who I thought should have one from me. I told everyone in our department that my opinion mattered a lot more to their career aspirations while I was on active duty, not when I had to put "RET" after my name.

The week before I started terminal leave, our department had a picnic lunch behind our building. Just us, nobody else from the rest of the command, we ran our own grills with potluck, people were free to stay or leave. There was minimal fuss and we simply discussed what we'd do all day when we retired.

The day before I started terminal leave, my XO called me up and said "Please stop by the CO's office for your surprise retirement award. Did I mention that it's a surprise? Please try to act surprised." The XO and I got along well and I played my part of the script.

I started my terminal leave on the afternoon before the date that had been officially announced. (My chair-warming relief knew that, but we didn't want an awkward final day for either of us.) I left one of my old garrison caps and my old coffee cup sitting around the office so that people would think that they had just missed me. Later my relief mentioned that it took a week before people realized the cap & cup were decoys.

And that was the end of that. On the morning of my official retirement date, 1 June 2002, my spouse, our daughter, and I had family surfing lessons at White Plains Beach. (I still surf that same spot 2-3 times per week.) That afternoon I went to the ID card facility and finished the paperwork.

A month later I met up with some of the civil-service employees for a lunch. They had an excuse to get out of the building for a couple hours, and they wanted to confirm that I'd figured out what I'd do all day.

Postscript: 11 months later I got a call from a submariner who said he was in my old billet. The two-year classified nuclear-training inspection was coming up and I was the last guy he could think of who knew how to do that. (Everyone else at my level or above had already left the command.) He wanted to talk through the process with me. He recognized, of course, that I'd forgotten all of that classified information the moment I signed my security debrief.

Me: "Sure, did you already read the inspection file in the safe?"
Him: "What safe?"

A few days later...
Him: "Oh, that safe. We can't find the combination envelope-- did you happen to turn it in?"
Me: "Yes, I sure did. Did you talk to the other guy who relieved me, the one who had the job before you?"
Him: "No, he transferred before I got here and *his* relief didn't know about the safe. I guess I'm going to have to drill out the safe."
Me: "Sorry to hear that. Gee, here's a random thought, why don't you try this hypothetical combination that I might have memorized and re-used over the years before I retired and forgot all about it."
Him: "Um, ok...<spinspinspin> Ha! It's open!!"
Me: "Is the inspection file in there? The one labeled 'Nuclear Training Inspection'?"
Him: "Yeah, it sure is! How about I read it and then you can help me-- <click> -- hello? Hello?!?"
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Old 01-16-2021, 05:12 AM   #26
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I would have loved a no-fuss retirement day, but in the military it's just not possible. They insist on having a little ceremony where they bring in a couple of high rankers to say what a fine fellow you are, pin another medal on you, and make jokes about how much you'll miss military life.
Not me. Did 26 years and 4 months and I had 0 official ceremony. My wife and work colleague hosted a nice dinner for friends and colleagues at a local churrascaria where we all drank too much and closed the place down.
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Old 01-16-2021, 06:09 AM   #27
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I would have had a special song playing in the car as I left. Congrats! It must feel good to know you are finally done.
Me too.

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Old 01-16-2021, 06:56 AM   #28
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+1. It seems pretty clear that the OP didn't forget a mask but was trying to make a statement by not wearing a mask.

I wonder if he even had a mask on his person or in his car? If so, then why not just go to the car and get it?

To me, wearing a mask isn't a political statement, but rather just a common social courtesy. Click it or ticket. Mask it or casket.
+1,000,000 % not very smart on your part.
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Old 01-16-2021, 08:08 AM   #29
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I left this past July, so it was a matter of saying good bye on several regular Zoom calls where everyone got quickly on to other business. I just winked out, which was A-OK with me.

Sadly, HR at that org seemed to exist to be an obstacle to every single thing, including a significant bonus my boss had promised me for years. I even spoke with an attorney about it. In the end, the HR VP went on vacation and my boss got together with another VP and shoved half of my package through, except in the form of keeping me on the payroll longer. That was all 6 months ago and I haven’t thought much about the rough handling. Moved on happily to a new life that specifically involves zero self-important bureaucrats who are on power trips.
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Old 01-16-2021, 08:42 AM   #30
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Old 01-16-2021, 08:51 AM   #31
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I was only with my last employer 2+ years so I wasn't expecting much for my final day. It's accurate to say my expectations were exceeded
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Old 01-16-2021, 09:03 AM   #32
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Hi, I am 54 yrs old, married with two daughters.


So here's my question:
For those of you that retired during this pandemic, what was your last day like?

I've been retired 6 years but my wife retired on June 30th. She had been working from home for the previous 4 months so her last day was rather uneventful. We loaded her work equipment into her car, drove to her office where we turned it and her badge over to a security person. No fanfare, no exit interview. Just like that it was done.


By the way, she left with a package with severance pay. When the last payment came it was short by a day. After a few weeks of complaining and sort-of threatening they finally said they were cutting her a check this week. I hope it does come because I don't really want to go through the hassle of going to either regulators or small claims court to get it.
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Old 01-16-2021, 09:32 AM   #33
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Not me. Did 26 years and 4 months and I had 0 official ceremony. My wife and work colleague hosted a nice dinner for friends and colleagues at a local churrascaria where we all drank too much and closed the place down.
Over 28+ years in the Navy, I’d seen lots of people retire. Some had the ceremony; others just checked out at the personnel office and left quietly. I decided I wanted the formal ceremony, the chance to say goodbye to colleagues and friends and to be “piped over the side”. Also wanted to formally and publicly thank a few people for their support over the years. That night my wife, daughters and I went out for dinner. Looking back, I’m glad I went that route but I certainly understand it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
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Old 01-19-2021, 05:31 PM   #34
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At my company, people who have had more than a few years of tenure and then leave are usually given a party in the big conference room, but it's a small company with well under 500 employees, maybe even half that now, so you usually recognize more people than you don't. It also just depends on the company culture. Some companies are social/party environments, and some aren't.
But I think the operative phrase here was 'Retiring During Covid'.
Most companies have something at Retirement, but she as asking, what is it like during the Pandemic.
My company..a big one, has no one in the building, during Covid..so retirements are even less fanfare than what she got. All by zoom, phone and fax.
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Well, its about frigging time you walked away from that job! You should have done it earlier - like I did.

Just so all you guys/gals know..... I know this guy personally.
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Old 01-19-2021, 05:44 PM   #36
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So here's my question:
For those of you that retired during this pandemic, what was your last day like?
As my wife pulled into the lot the band began to play "Hail to the Chief". Then As I walked through the door hundreds of people gathered and spontaneously began clapping. Balloons and confetti dropped from the ceiling.

The executive manager came to me, we hugged, and then we held hands as all who had gathered sang Kumbaya.

Then they carried me out over their heads singing.

I took the large barrel of cash donations and then was transported home via limo.

What a day, what a guy !
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Old 01-19-2021, 10:10 PM   #37
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When you are self-employed, its somewhat simpler. Sell off the last client, and then stop walking downstairs to the office every morning at 7:30am ... the long commute is over! I'll miss talking to many of the clients every week, but I'll have time again for personal friendships.
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As my wife pulled into the lot the band began to play "Hail to the Chief". Then As I walked through the door hundreds of people gathered and spontaneously began clapping. Balloons and confetti dropped from the ceiling.

The executive manager came to me, we hugged, and then we held hands as all who had gathered sang Kumbaya.

Then they carried me out over their heads singing.

I took the large barrel of cash donations and then was transported home via limo.

What a day, what a guy !


LOL. Wow, they were glad to see you go!
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I'm happy about your last day but, like others, I'm puzzled at why you were so opposed to wearing a mask. Were you trying to tell your soon to be ex colleagues that you didn't really give a flip about their health and wellbeing?
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