We farewell a software developer today who has made an invaluable contribution to our offering over the last three years. This is the second time we have farewelled Craig. We have a few like that, here for their second time with a considerable gap in the middle.

I know other employers who would not welcome someone back for a second time. I am not one for closing doors on a good working relationship and often the second time around is better than the first.

First time or second time goodbyes are not enjoyable. We did it differently today – having lunch with a small group away from the office. A primarily social lunch like this is rare during the week – it is good to have a laugh and a bit of a feed together. Today it respected the esteem of the guest.