Background: DF works for a large Organisation. He has been working in his particular branch (Old Branch) for 7 years. Recently, he was headhunted by a different branch (New Branch), within the same Organisation, and accepted a new position there.
DF's Old Branch has a history of throwing rather lavish farewells to anyone who is leaving the branch. The tradition is to have a "team lunch" at a nice restaurant, with everyone chipping in for the person's meal. At the lunch, the person leaving is presented with a card signed by the whole team, and a gift. The person's supervisor also makes a speech, thanking them for their service to the branch. This is done for everyone, regardless of the amount of time they've worked for the branch (for example, recently a contractor who had been working in Old Branch for merely six weeks got a farewell lunch/card/gift/speech).
The quality of the gift varies according to the length of time one has worked for Old Branch. For example, people who have been there between 5 and 10 years tend to receive things like a lovely set of crystal wine glasses.
Naturally, over the years, DF has signed cards, and chipped in many, many times for meals and gifts for those who are leaving.
Current Issue: DF's transfer was confirmed on Monday, and his last day in Old Branch was Thursday. His team took him out to lunch on Thursday, and covered the cost of his meal, as is usual practice.
However - DF received nothing else. No card. No gift. His supervisor (nor anyone else) did not make a speech. Everyone just ate, then left.
Back at the office, DF was packing up his desk, when the Branch Head (Big Boss) came up to him. He (Big Boss) mumbled something about being sorry that no one had made a speech at lunch. He then wished DF well, thanked him for his good work over the past seven years, and hurried off. DF stated that the entire time, Big Boss appeared really uncomfortable, and did not make eye contact with DF once. DF said it was all very weird.
DF was (and is) upset at what he perceives to be inequitable treatment (ie the lack of card, gift, and speech). He discreetly asked a couple of his co-workers, who he's close to, if there was any particular reason why there was a departure from the norm in his case. They claimed they didn't know why, and told DF that they were very surprised that this had happened to him.
DF's personal theory is that his supervisor (not Big Boss, but the next guy down the chain of command), who only joined Old Branch three months ago, dislikes him (DF) for some reason, and deliberately chose not to make a speech at lunch (and possibly told others in the team not to bother with a card and gift for DF).
The question is, what should DF do now (if anything)? Some suggestions are:
- bring this to the attention of the Organisation Head (and maybe suggest the Organisation implements a consistent policy on farewell celebrations);
- write a letter to the Organisation's monthly magazine, outlining what has happened;
- complain to HR;
- nothing (it sucks, but it's done, move on, etc); or
- something else?