There isn't a need for Christmas presents or farewell gifts to the office. It's never required nor encouraged. But I've always wanted to do small tokens just because I've received so much kindness from the colleagues. I've done so, for 4 years. This year, I will not bother.
I've done a round of gifts during Chinese New Year and after the end of each event. Now, at Christmas, knowing how bloody gossipy the entire organisation is, I don't want sincere gifts to be deemed as subversive in any way or worse, cause latent trouble to the recipients. Topping up the candy jar in the office is good enough, I hope.
I can't wait to begin clearing my leave. There will be a very quick January to finish up the handover and lend whatever hands and legs I can to the team, then it'll be over. Truth be told, as the day draws nigh, the sense of relief increases, and I'm never more sure that this decision is right for me.
I dislike this growing infestation of rumor-mongering, cubicle whispers and general '鸡婆ness' in the office. Where's the fucking professionalism? I'm feeling a little resentful right now because I can't fathom why I was made to attend a WorkPlan FY2011 discussion that is none of my business really, forced to eat the lunch that I said I didn't want right from the start, made to share in a cake that I didn't care for, and got called to be part of a group photo that I wasn't enthusiastic about. I'm leaving! I don't need to pretend that I'm sad about it. I refuse to play the game. Okay, I can understand why, but I'm petulant, can? You can call me ungracious.
The moping's all completed months ago. I'm happy to be out of the picture. Spare me the politicking. I just want to do the job, finish it up properly, repay all favors shown and slip away, dammit. My love affair with the office is over- in the way that there is tremendous reluctance to rescind my leave in December to sort out work projects. Don't think they want this attitude-me to be around, plus I'd have to justify to HR why they need to pay me cash in-lieu of leave. You know what, I'm buying that air-ticket now.