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Leaving Your Company – The Emotional Break

This past week was what I fondly referred to as “The Farewell Tour” for me at HP. I was only there 14 months before being lured back to my former employer, but during that time I had become well entrenched. It’s humbling to realize the number of people that I had a positive impact on – and in return that had a positive impact on me.

What I came to realize was that this farewell tour was an important part of the process, and I actually found it fairly well documented on the HP Alumni site. They provide a handy “ASAP checklist” for you to follow once you realize that you are leaving the company. Tip # 5 says to:

Do your own simple lunch the week after even if there is an official lunch. You can even invite people who are already gone. A bona fide celebration is an important part of the emotional transition process. Leaving a job – even if eagerly and happily – has an impact of almost the same magnitude as a death in the family. Don’t skip this part of working through the emotional steps.

That really is great advice. In a healthy workplace, losing a team member has a big impact. Folks are happy that they are getting the opportunity, but also feel the void that person is leaving. Saying thanks and goodbye is very important.


I Wish I Had Written Better Test Cases

I’m wrapping up my short career at Hewlett-Packard, looking forward to the opportunity that I am headed to next. At this point I don’t have any work assigned to me and I have the opportunity to review some of my past work and do some refactoring. The only problem is, that in the course of work, either tests cases for certain things were not written, or a change took place that broke a test case, and fixing the test case took the back seat. So here I am with a few changes I’d like to make, no nice way to prove that they’ll be ok, and not enough time left to safely make changes to either place.

Ok. I get it. Lesson learned.

Times They Are a Changing

You could also file this under the category “Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.”  Not much to say right now, but I will tease it with this video clip: