Writing a Retirement Thank You Letter



When retiring, its a good idea to write a retirement thank you letter to all of your colleagues and professional contacts.

Lets start with a few general guidelines for writing a good thank you letter.

A few tips...

Write your boss a personalized letter: Depending on the number of colleagues you need to write, you may consider writing one thank you letter to send to everyone. While this is fine for the majority of your coworkers, it is customary to send a non-cookie-cutter letter to your boss.

Think about including contact info: You may want to include a way to be reached after you’re no longer on the company rolls. Your thank you letter is a good place to make sure everyone has some way to contact you if they want to wish you well, buy you drinks, or just say “hi”.

Related Samples...

Farewell Thank You Notes

Retirement Thank You Letter Samples


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Example 1
MM/DD/YY

[Name]
[Title]
[Organization]
[Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]

To All My Wonderful Colleagues,

As many of you know, I’ll be retiring from (XYZ) at the end of the week. I’d like to take a second to thank each and every one of you for helping to create such a satisfying and pleasant work environment over the last 14 years.

As happy as I am to be moving on to the next chapter of my life, I can’t help but be a little sad that I won’t be seeing all of you on such a regular basis. I’ve enjoyed (almost) every moment here, from the hilarious conversations in the break room, to the numerous staff parties and events.

But, beyond this, most of all I’ll miss working with such an efficient and competent team of individuals. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished over the years, and I truly appreciate the support and guidance that was always available to me.

So, thanks everybody. Its been quite a ride. I hope to see everybody outside of the office in the next few years. In case you don’t have it, my personal e-mail is xyz@xyx.com.

Sincerely,

[your name]


As you can see, this is an example of a letter that is sent to many people over e-mail. But, what about a letter you’re only writing to one person? Lets take a stab at that in the next example


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Example 2
MM/DD/YY

[Name]
[Title]
[Organization]
[Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]

Dear [Name],

As I retire from my position this month, I want to thank you for giving me such a wonderful opportunity to work, learn, and grow with this organization. Working for this company has contributed greatly to both my personal and professional development. After 24 happy and productive years, I leave with many memories to cherish for the rest of my life.

I want to express my sincere gratitude for the support you’ve offered me over the years. We have shared a wonderful work relationship as well as friendship. All of your support has made working here an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Also, thank you for the wonderful retirement party. I really appreciated all of the kind words and well wishes. As I look forward to a new life after my retirement, I will certainly miss the enjoyable time I have spent working with you..

Sincerely,

[Your Name]


Some people have asked if an e-mail is OK for a retirement thank you letter, or if you should hand deliver a hard copy. In my opinion, e-mail is totally acceptable these days.

Of course, if there are a few people you really care for, and you feel so inclined, sending a real card will always be appreciated.






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