So convention dictates that when a coworker leaves your company the occasion is marked in some way. At least a card/flowers maybe even a thank you speech/drinks etc.
But what happens when that coworker works only with you and your line manager and doesn't really interact with any other depts so a gathering or lunch party etc is out of the question. At most, anything celebratory would be you, him and your line manager, however they don't get on particularly well. He also knows you have a crush on him but turned you down some time ago, although you two have remained friendly at work.
I feel like I should mark the occasion because of etiquette but if it's just me and him I don't want him to think I'm still crushing/ a complete saddo by doing anything too much.That whole crush/him turning me down incident is here if you want http://www.etiquettehell.com/smf/index.php?topic=97064.msg2514753#msg2514753
We share a 2 person office and I am sad that he's leaving, but at the same time I think it's good that he is because I need a break from seeing him. but I don't want any sort of goodbye to be to cold or look like I'm trying too hard/still interested.
He's not a cards and flowers guy. If it were anyone else I would suggest lunch or a drink after work but he might feel uncomfortable given the history, but if I ignore the fact it's his last day and simply wish him good luck and bye at 5pm is that a bit rude/mean?
But maybe he doesn't actually want anything, maybe he would be happier just saying bye and leaving! He was brought in to work on a particular project and his contract had now ended. He might be back on some short term projects in the future but it's unknown at the moment. Despite him turning me down we still get on well and are friendly, but at work only. There's no outside contact any more etc. He doesn't interact much with other colleagues because there's been no cause and he's only in a couple of days a week, plus he doesn't get on very well with our line manager. So perhaps there's no need for me to be stressing about it. Maybe he's not expecting anything and will simply say bye and be fine with that.
Ack, am stumped! What would you guys do?edited to be a bit clearer