Retirement Party Disagreement - Who should pay?

by Sonja
(Baltimore, MD)

Two doctors from our practice of five doctors are retiring. The staff cannot agree on what to do for their retirement. Some staff want to do a big semi formal dinner on a weekend evening and invite some but not all their respective patients and their families. The remaining three doctors are footing the bill. The doctor's retiring are not being provided an event by their families. Some staff want to do just a luncheon for staff and family of the retirees at a nice restaurant venue, close the office half a day during the week for the event and then to have a two hour open house at the office with cheese, fruit and vegetable trays for patients to come and offer their well wishes.


Keep in mind that the staff has also agreed to sacrifice our annual holiday luncheon party which is usually held at a casual dining restaurant where the office is closed half a day in support of the event. Typical bill for this event of 15-20 people has been $750 which has been split by all five doctors in the past.

1.) Who should foot this bill? Should patients who want to attend be asked to pay for their meals?

2.) Which idea is most appropriate in this situation.

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Retirement Party
by: Ms P Etiquette

The simplest answer is to invite the retires with their spouses spouses and the staff to a luncheon celebration. An event like this honors the doctors & their service to the practice, shows appreciation for the spouse's understanding a doctor's life & allows the staff to express their gratitude while enjoying a lovely meal. If the doctors want to say farewell to their patience they can arrange something more casual later. If the 3 docs left behind paying the bill is usual practice, ask if they are doing that again.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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