The story goes: this weekend is the last weekend of January and today at 5.30pm GMT (which is in 15 minutes time as I type this whilst waiting and everyone is staying absolutely silent, LOL), we will be asked to go and see the director(s) one by one and you will be handed a brown envelope with a number written on white piece of paper in it. The number represents the bonus that you get for your effort that you have made for the past year. I am not worried about the number because everyone has ensured that they locked in the number they want before the end of last year but after 8 years at the same firm, I am following the investment banking tradition of switching straight after the bonuses and packing up will have to be done on Monday morning together along with tendering my resignation. I am leaving not because of any bad feelings but I want to have a child ASAP so I am getting an 'alternative investment' fund that is more tolerant of a woman with a bump on her tummy, LOL. But I am actually really worried how my soon-to-be-former colleagues will handle it when they know I am jumping ship; I have heard some stories and lets say there is no love lost between two former friends when one was leaving. So I want to know how to handle Monday morning what to say when you get called in to be persuaded to stay, to explain oneself to certain people including potentially your biggest boss because this has the potential to flare up if I choose the wrong wording and despite the fact that I have given my director a private notice well in advance and he had kind enough to allow me to have the bonus just like other continuing colleagues, I can tell other directors who I dont report to and some colleagues will have a knee-jerk reaction and may say some things when I pack up come Monday!