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’Tis the season to be leaving

Summer spike in new job cards as many recipients are surprised by sentiments


SALES of new job cards spike during June and July according to new research by Clintons with overall sales doubling since 2016.

And the sentiments expressed see 40 per cent of recipients surprised by comments in their leaving card with long-hidden romance, affection and even hostility put into words.
While January is often associated with resolutions and life changes, when it comes to landing that new job, greetings and gift retailers Clintons’ card sales suggest June and July are peak months.
For those remaining in the workplace, a colleague leaving can stir up mixed emotions – 10 per cent of those who responded to Clintons online poll, said they discovered a new love interest while 18 percent have received a comment which made them doubt the friendship. 

Nicola Miller, head of cards at Clintons, said: “We spend such a large proportion of our lives at work that it can be an emotional time when a colleague decides to leave.
“Many of us don’t feel confident enough to say what we truly feel until there’s an opportunity to put it in writing. Likewise, it will often be the last correspondence with people we’ve known for years and can leave a lasting impact.” 

The leaving card can also present an opportunity for aspiring workplace comedians:
“Leaving? Didn't know you'd started.”

“I've worked with many people and I can honestly say that you were one of them.”
“This is a card with a future and a past... but no present.”

“Keep your mouth shut and you'll be OK.”

“I've come to regard you as... someone I've met.”

“Time for you to be released back into the wild.” 

“Clearly, you were only thinking of yourself when you made this decision.”
“Don’t worry – I won’t tell anyone it was you.”
Nicola added: “We see sales of new job cards hit their peak in early summer while the category has doubled since 2016. Likewise, Sorry You’re Leaving cards have followed this trend with sales up 10 per cent in the same period since 2016.”
But there are many little niggles which annoy recipients including when the manager or close colleague haven’t signed the card, their name misspelt, no comment only a signature, and a hand-drawn emoji rather than a written message.

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