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When someone leaves the company and people phone to speak to them, one of my favourite pastimes is to say to callers: "I'm afraid [insert name] no longer works for the company."

The four-second silence is brilliant. You can literally sense them thinking:
"Oh! What happened there?"
"Were they sacked?"
"Did they get another job?"
"Are they still in IT?"
"Where are they now?"

The vast majority of repressed Brits, although desperate to know, will be too tight-lipped to ask. 🤣