Farewell Notes

Farewell Notes - Tips

If you're leaving your company and you want your co-workers to know how much you appreciate them, a great way to let them know, and to say goodbye, is through thank you notes. Whether you are leaving to have a baby, retire, start a new job, or for some other reason, the effort of writing thank you notes to say thank you for a farewell gift or just for the time you had together will touch the people you have worked with.

You can also use let people know important information such as when your last day is, your new contact info, and maybe your reason for leaving (retirement, new position, new career). If this is your main motivation, you can be less sentimental and just say farewell, thank you, and best of luck. It leaves things on a good note.

Some wording suggestions are below. Note that many of these are worded as if to a group, but you can change that if you will be creating varied mesages that will be more customized for particular individuals (as is the case with most other types of thank you notes). You can find many other wording samples that you can adapt or use in the other occasion sections in the Tips and Samples tab.

Farewell Notes - Wording Samples

InformalHaving a BabyTo Co-WorkersFrom BossRetirement Letter to Co-WorkersRetirement Letter to CustomersOther


" I would just like to say goodbye to you all and to let you know that I am leaving my position here at [insert company]. My last day here will be October 7th. Feel free to email me or contact me on my personal telephone number, as I feel that I have made some great friends here and would like to keep in touch! "

Having a Baby

" Today is my last day! I would like to thank you all for the fantastic working relationship we've had over the past three years. I have enjoyed working at [insert company] and will miss you all. A huge thank you also for the gorgeous baby gifts; they are wonderful and exactly what we need. Of course, we will keep in touch and I will certainly let you know when the baby is born. "

To Co-Workers

" Just to let you know that today is my last working day at [insert company name]. I would like to thank you all for the mentoring and support you have given me during my time here. I wish you all the best and please keep in touch! "


" As you know, today is my last day here at [company name]. I would like to sincerely thank you for all the good times we've had over the last two years. I shall sorely miss you all (especially our fantastic team on the 4th floor), and your friendship and support. Thanks also for the wonderful surprise party and goodbye gift. Keep in touch. "


" As you know, my last day at [company name] is [date]. Before I go, I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed my time here. Thank you all for your support, patience, and friendship over the past two years. You are a special group of people and I will definitely miss you. I can be reached at my personal email address (email@email.com) or on my cell at 555-767-1234. Please keep in touch! Thanks again for everything. "


" As you have already heard, I have handed in my resignation after many years here at [company name]. I have enjoyed working here with you all very much. My last day will be April 10th. I have really enjoyed the experience of working with such a fine team of colleagues, all of whom I will sorely miss. However, I now feel it is time for a new challenge. I wish you every success in the future, and let's try to stay in touch. "


" I wanted to let you know that today is my last day at [Current Company]. I will be starting a new position at [New Company] next month. I have enjoyed my time here and will miss the team. Thank you for all the support, insights, and help you have provided me over the past three years. "

From Boss

" As you know, our department will be closing soon. I wanted to take a moment to say farewell and let you know how much I've enjoyed working with all of you. I have enjoyed my time here and I appreciate having had the opportunity to work with you. Thank you for your support over the years. I wish you all well in your future endeavors. "

Retirement Letter to Co-Workers

" The time has come for me to leave J.K. Smith & Co. I will be leaving the company at the end of July after 25 happy years. I would like to sincerely thank you all for your support and camaraderie throughout my time here, and wish you well for the future. Also, thank you so much for the retirement party and gifts -I shall certainly think of you all every time I play golf! Keep in touch. "

Retirement Letter to Customers

" I would like to inform you that I will be retiring from my position with J.K. Smith & Co as of the end of July. I would like to take the opportunity of thanking you for the professional working relationship we have enjoyed over the last five years. I am looking forward to my retirement but will sorely miss working with you all. If I can be of any assistance during the next few weeks, please don't hesitate to contact me. "


" Before I leave, I wanted to tell you you what a pleasure it's been working for you these last two years. I appreciated your support and management style and feel I learned a great deal here. I hope we can stay in touch; my personal email address is email@email.com. Best of luck to you! "


" As you may know by now, I have accepted a position at another company. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to my friends and colleagues. I have learned a great deal from you and will miss your company. It has been a great pleasure working with you all. Best wishes to you."


" As you may know, today is my last day with [company name]. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues and let you all know how I've enjoyed working with you these past few years. I wish you all success in the future, and am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with you."