Since you spend the majority of each week at work, forming bonds with others in the workplace is natural. Consider yourself particularly lucky if you found a coworker with common interests and who you can now call a true friend. Unfortunately, things change in the workplace and employees often quit. If a close coworker friend is the one currently leaving the company, you may be feeling a little disoriented. The following are four tips for dealing with the departure in the best manner.
Form Other Friendships
A great way to deal with the departure of a coworker friend is to begin forming other friendships in the workplace. Your previous close bond with the coworker who quit may have actually been holding you back from getting to know others in your department. By learning more about other coworkers now, the department may not have as strong of an impact.
Review Your Job
Are you sad because a favorite coworker left or are you bitter because you weren’t the first one to leave the company? When a coworker friend announces the intention to quit, assess your job as well. Think about such things as if you will be happy in the workplace even after they’re gone and also whether you truly enjoy the job that you’re in. If the only link previously tying you to the workplace was the friendship, this may be the time for you to look for other jobs as well.
Was it really a coworker crush?
Those employees with close friendships at work are sometimes less productive. This often happens because coworker friends may find themselves socializing and gossiping at points during the workday rather than remaining focused on work projects. If your work performance was slipping due to your tight workplace bonds, the departure of a coworker friend can be the perfect chance to rededicate yourself to the job.
Restructure the Friendship
After being around your coworker friend for nearly eight hours each workday, you may be left feeling a little disoriented after they leave the company. You may be also left wondering how your friendship will move forward in the wake of such a drastic shift. While you likely won’t be communicating as much with the coworker friend after the employment change, this needn’t be the end of your friendship. Rather, think of it as an opportunity to restructure the friendship by finding ways to socialize outside of the work environment.
Forming friendships in the workplace is important but you mustn’t allow those friendships to consume your job outlook. Rather than panicking about being left behind by a coworker who is quitting, consider this an opportunity to change your working situation. Whether you form bonds with other coworkers or also decide to leave the company, make changes that will bring the most benefits while also allowing you to cope with the friend’s departure.
Farewell letter to coworker
Coworker Leaving Quotes
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – Winnie the Pooh
“With your resignation, your employment in this company may finish but the sweet memories will always remain.”
“Even if you know what’s coming, you’re never prepared for how it feels.”
“Good friends never say goodbye, they simply say “see you soon”
“Someday you’ll see the reason why there’s good in goodbye.
“Your resignation may have left a small empty cubicle in the office but your departure has left a large empty space in my heart. Congratulations for finding a new job, we will miss you.”
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