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Old 02-10-2015, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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When I retired almost 10 years ago, my HR department used the same form for resignations and retirements - you checked off which it was. One item to fill out was "I am taking this action for the following reasons:" Well, that made sense if you were resigning, but for retirement it didn't seem to me any "reason" was necessary. Therefore, I typed in the following (honestly, I did):

"Extreme old age has left me but a broken and hollow shell of my former dynamic, witty, and incisive self. Atrophy has left sagging and skinny limbs where once reigned well-toned sinews. Mental and visual acuity are but dim memories. Time to go!"

My immediate supervisor had to sign the form before I submitted it to HR, and he cracked up. I got back a copy from HR with a date stamp and a report number to the governing board, but no reaction to my attempt at humor. No reason they would react to it, of course.

Any similar stories out there?
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Old 02-10-2015, 08:53 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Alas, I can't add one. Either they didn't care or they figured out I was simply ready to go. No such paperwork necessary.
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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I didn't have to specify a reason. But I informally told higher up that I was concerned about caring for my mom who had dementia. That was really only a part of the reason. I retired when I did because I could.
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:23 PM
 
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"because I can"
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:59 PM
 
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Nothing has I qualified. I did go around and thank people I worked for and with tho besides the speech they always seem to want at retirement party.
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Old 02-11-2015, 01:25 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Originally Posted by Curmudgeon View Post
Alas, I can't add one. Either they didn't care or they figured out I was simply ready to go. No such paperwork necessary.
same here.
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Old 02-11-2015, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Nebraska
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I was not asked for a reason. They didn't ask anyone for a reason.

I did keep a sheet a paper with a list on the left side of the sheet reasons to retire and a list on the right side of the sheet for reasons to keep working. When I retired I had 4 reasons to keep working and 14 reasons to retire, so the decision was very simple.

If I could have left a reason is would have been similar to "Escort rider" only I wouldn't have be joking.
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Old 02-11-2015, 04:19 AM
 
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"Retirement" is the reason - no further explanation is necessary.
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Old 02-11-2015, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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We had an exit interview in which some lady from HR reads the questions to you and then you can answer them out loud or write your answers on a form. I thought that was really odd. First, I can read, I don't need her to read the questions. Second, why say it out loud to someone who is just following some weird protocol. I wrote my answers, and mainly I just said "I'm tired of all this, and ready to leave". What do they really expect you to say?
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:10 AM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Same as jlawrence01 ...
"Because I can"
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