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Last Updated: 23rd September, 2019

Farewell Messages to Say Goodbye

A farewell is not just about saying goodbye to your loved ones. Rather, it is about encouraging and giving your best wishes to someone on his/her new journey. We bring to you the best and unique farewell messages that you can share with your family, friends and colleagues.

I will always remember the good times we spend together.
Those precious moments were the best times of my life.
Farewell my friend;
hope to see you soon.

This is such an great opportunity for you, but I still can’t believe you’re leaving. Please keep in touch!

I’ll miss you and think of you. Thank you for the good times and sweet memories that we shared together.

I hate the feeling when you have to say goodbye to someone you want to spend every minute with.

Though miles may lie between us, we are never far apart,
for friendship doesn't count miles, it's measured by the heart.

Saying goodbye is the most painful way of solving a problem.

May your journey be a pleasant one. Farewell and hope to see you soon.

Goodbye my friend
I hope our path will cross again.

Today as we part I am forced to say goodbye. But, I know, that we would meet again very soon.

You are not only a great teacher but also a great human being. There are so many things that we have learned from you! you deserve the best farewell!

Goodbye without reasons is the most painful one.
Love without reason is the most beautiful one.

Saying goodbye to a true friend is really tough.
But I bid you goodbye with the hope that we would meet again one day.

Your decision-making skills are an asset that have always inspired me to be like you.
I appreciate all your words of encouragement and everything I have learned from you.
Farewell, sir!

You’ve been an inspiration to all of us, and we've enjoyed working with you.
We wish you success wherever you go.
Farewell, boss!

Good friends never say goodbye
They simply say "See you soon"

Goodbyes are never easy
Pictures never carry your warmth
memories will always pierce the heart
No words can say it all.
I'll Miss you.

Just a note to say..
As you move into a new venture...
May luck and success always be with you!

You decided to move to greener pastures, but your departure will leave our grounds barren and dry.
Farewell

Monthly targets and performance appraisals will come and go,
but the memories of working with a colleague like you will stay in my heart forever.

Because we are in the office
I may not let tears out of my eyes
But I want you to know that
My heart will silently weep and cry.
Farewell & Goodbye

It's difficult to bid you farewell
As you leave though my mind says you have a brighter future in store & a better life ahead...
the heart can never outgrow,
the pleasant experience of having you near,
Wherever you may go, here's wishing you all the best.

Fell very lucky to know someone who is so hard for me to say goodbye.

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Others stay awhile, make footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same.

It may be hard to say goodbye but the good with it is a promise of something better.

Wishing you much joy & happiness as you begin a new chapter in your life.

You were the best colleague that I have ever worked with.
I wish you all the best for your future.
Farewell!

It's time to move on and scale new heights.
But we wish that you don't forget the old friends who have loved you always.

Goodbye is only truly painful if you know
you will never say hello again...

Keep us informed about your welfare!
Farewell, my friend we'll miss you!!

Go ahead, enjoy your new job.
We are friends forever!!

The troubles of miles of commute was undone by your one smile.
Do well!

In the journey of life you meet several people who are hard to forget.
I am glad to have met a person like you.
Hope the path ahead is smooth for you and may you reach your goal without fuss.
Farewell my dear.

Thanks for all those times when you helped me in the tasks I wasn't able to do on time.
It will be difficult to fill the void created by your absence.
I am really going to miss you.
Best of luck!

Not always do you find a friend in a colleague.
But here I was lucky.
Hope we retain this friendship even after you have moved on.
Saying good bye with the hope to meet you soon.

This goodbye might be painful
but it is not the end.
My heart knows, that we will meet again...

Morning classes, bunking college, midnight studies, late night drives, we have seen a wonderful time together.
But now it's time to part. But its not the final goodbye, see you soon

The tiring office hours seemed much more relaxed when you were around.
You will be missed with each passing day.
All the best for your future endeavors.

Today our team is going to lose its sense of humor and its heart beat.
Farewell to the guy who made every day so lively with his jokes and enthusiasm.

I know that you are going to get an awesome salary in your new job but there is no guarantee that you will get awesome colleagues like us too.
Farewell.

You were an asset for the entire department.
We will surely miss you.
Wishing you a great future!

Wish you a smooth sailing ahead and a path full of joy.
May all your dreams come true!

Though we are are sad that you are leaving the company, but we wish that you may have a great future ahead.
Wishing you lots of success.

It has been an enriching experience to work with someone like you.
You will remain my best colleague ever.

Since you are bidding farewell to us,
please know that your legacy would forever remain remain deep in our hearts.
Thank you for being a great leader, friend and a supervisor.

Thank you for all the loving memories, wishes and support.
Those are the possession of my life.

The way I see it, A GOODBYE just means that A HELLO will be coming soon.
I hope to meet you again someday.

Saying goodbye is the hardest part of a relationship but sometimes it is the best thing that can happen.

You have always let your Work speak for you. Let your honesty answer all criticism.
We know you are leaving a very proud man!

You have been kind & generous and wise & witty.
We will miss you!

I had come to rely on your "random wisdom".
Would miss that terribly.
Do well!

Parting has a bitter sweetness.
Bitter for the present separation and sweet for the future longing.
Hope this farewell is for a short period.

As you embark upon a new path, let us wish you many moments of happiness success and achievements.
May you live your dreams in each moment.

Remember me with a smile that warms a heart.
Remember me for the miles we walked together and got lost to find new paths.
Always remember me for the good!

Goodbyes are never easy...
pictures never carry your warmth..
memories will always pierce the heart...
no words can say it all
I will miss you

I would envy you for your new job, but right now I am just shocked and sad to know that you are leaving.
Farewell to the colleague to made team meetings meaningful and lunch breaks awesome.

The coffee breaks, the canteen chats, office gossips and long hours schedule,
I will miss you in all. Hope the path ahead for you is smooth.
Good bye and take care.

As you choose a new path to walk, may you discover new treasures of life to unlock.
Wait a while and count my wishes, I am sending you lots of good bye kisses.

The truest feelings for someone are known when you are bidding adieu to them.

Now and always I will love you, but it's time that we part and say goodbye.

Even when you are saying goodbye make a promise to say hello again.

Gone with the wind yet so close to my heart.
Maybe we have bid goodbye but it is only a new start.

Sometimes you realize how important people are in your life when you bid goodbye to them.

Parting at the end of a journey isn't the most important part.
It's the journey that fills the hearts.

If you dare to say goodbye
life will always give you a new hello.

It is sometimes difficult to let go of but it is a wonderful feeling to know you are leaving us for a better future.
May you excel in every field of your life.

I will always cherish the happy times I have spent with you.
Whenever I need to smile I know I can look back to them.
Hoping to see you soon. Good Bye!

My good bye should not make you sad as you are going to pursue something better.
Hope God bestows you with success as you take a new path.

We wish you lots of success on your way.
Sadly, we will not go this way together.

When everything is said and done it is best to bid farewell to each other.

Your tear-stained face is the most painful memory of the time we parted.

As it is your last day with us, we'd like to thank you for being a great manager, mentor and guide.
May you shine always.

Wishing you all the success for your upcoming future.
Good bye and good luck.

May this goodbye only be momentary.
Hope to meet you again. May the coming days make you a better person personally and professionally.

Your resignation is the biggest loss that our company has suffered this fiscal.
We all bid farewell to the employee who was a profit-driving machine.

A goodbye is most painful when you can't explain it in words...

You didn't let any of your team members fall behind. Cheers!

One of the most difficult words to say is 'goodbye'.

You were an asset and we were all set with you :) Enjoy!

I know you can only do wondrous things and make friends at workplace.
Will miss you.

I want to hunt down the head hunter who hunted you and tell him that he has managed the best ever hunt.
Farewell.

It will be difficult to find a friend like you.
But let not that hold me from wishing you all the success for the future.

Though it's the time to part I want you to know that you have always been special to me for all the great moments we have shared together.

You will be leaving us but your teachings, morals, ethics and advice will always stay with us. Thanks for being such an inspirational co-worker.

You are leaving behind a legacy that will show young ones the right path to take in the future.

Hope this farewell gives us another opportunity to meet in the future.

The thought of you going away makes me think about all the times when I could have said how much I love you, but I didn't

We wish this farewell is temporary and takes you a step closer to a new beginning

Be in touch. Your touch is spiritual.

Dear friends, we studied together all these years and shared our feelings and emotions in this institution.
Today, we move on to different parts of the world.
Though, physically we depart, we are there in each others heart.
Thank you friends..

Farewell Messages For Teacher

Words cannot express our sorrow as we bid you farewell today! Your teachings will always light up the ways that lead us to a better future!

You were not only a boss to us, but you were also a great leader who always knew what motivates his employees best! Farewell to you!

Farewell Messages For Boss

You made us believe in ourselves. No one could guide us more successfully than you. It’s hard to bid you farewell for us. But you’ll be missed for sure!

Anyone can be a boss. But few know how to become a leader. You were one those few. Today we say goodbye to an amazing leader!

Farewell does not mean the end of our friendship. We have had a great journey together and we’ll surely meet each other at the end!

Farewell Messages For Friend

Working with you was always learning new things in the office every day. I wonder if I’ll ever have a colleague like you! Good by dear!

Saying farewell is tough but for me it is a moment of happiness because I know you are going away for a better and more prosperous future. Goodbye my friend

Farewell Messages For Colleagues

Dear colleagues, the time has come to say goodbye.
I had a lovely time working with you all.
Thank you so much for your support guys!
I am really going to miss you!

Definitely, your future is going to be rich, rewarding and kind.

Dear colleagues, I have been working here for long and have gained loads of experience.
Thank you for all the cooperation that you extended to me.

I take this opportunity of sending you a thank you note to express my grateful regards to my friends and colleagues.
I really enjoyed working with you all!
And I am really going to miss our coffee breaks!

Farewell Messages For Students

It may be hard to say goodby but the 'good' with it is a promise of something better.

Dear students, may you have a bright future.
You have always been successful students and we wish you all the very best.
May you achieve success.

The dedication with which you have pursued your studies in this school should also guide in your further education and career.
Farewell.

May God bless you and help you achieve your dreams.
Do not forget us. We will always be there for you whenever you need us.

Dear students,
you have surely held our heads high with your fabulous results and achievements.
We would like to appreciate your efforts.
On your farewell, we wish you all the best.
Keep up the spirit and study with the utmost dedication.

As we bid you farewell, we hope that the education you gained here would help you in your future.
Good luck for your higher studies and continue to achieve success.

May you enjoy your life and achieve greater heights in your career.
We wish you best of luck.

It was a great pleasure being a teacher of such good students.
Happy farewell dear children and all the best for your bright future.

Learn how to write the perfect farewell letter. Professional writer Larry Barkdull shares must-know farewell letter writing tips.

Here’s How to Send the Perfect Farewell Message to Colleagues

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A goodbye email to coworkers is a smart career move.

 

Why?

 

On your last day at work, you could sprint for the exit with a war whoop. Maybe knock over the company gumball machine on your way out.

 

But—your future. That little thing about burning bridges. A.K.A. networking.

 

Any coworker might be the next Bill Gates or Indra Nooyi.

 

Anyone could hold the ticket to your future dream job.

 

A goodbye letter isn’t just a good idea. It’s crucial.

 

This guide will show you:

 

  • How to write a farewell email that strengthens relationships.
  • A goodbye email to coworkers sample you can convert and use.
  • 10+ great farewell email to coworkers examples for different types of colleagues.
  • Why a farewell letter could be your smartest career move yet.

 

Ready? Here’s a farewell email sample. Try to spot why it works so well.

 

  

Keep reading to see farewell letter to coworkers examples, and how to write yours in five easy steps.

 

The Secret Behind the Best Goodbye Letters

 

Knowing how to write a farewell email means understanding why.

 

A farewell letter—or goodbye email to coworkers—has one purpose:

 

To show respect.

 

Respect is good for your soul.

 

But it’s great for your career.

 

The overwhelming body of research shows networking significantly increases salary growth, job performance, and career satisfaction.

 

Need proof?

 

Meet Elle Torres. She networked her way into a six-figure job with an unfinished degree.

 

Where did her big offer come from? A contact she’d known for years.

 

You never know where that dream job will come from.

 

Keep that in mind as you write your goodbye letter to coworkers. Then all your writing choices will be easy.

 

Okay. You’ve seen the great farewell letter sample above.

 

Now let me show you why it works, and how to write a goodbye email to coworkers:

 

1

Choose the Right Format for Your Goodbye Letter to Coworkers

 

How do you write a goodbye email to coworkers?

 

Send short, personal farewell emails that reinforce relationships.

 

Pretend each coworker is the next Tim Cook or Mary Barra. (They might be!)

 

Keep it Short

 

Long last work day emails say, “I’m more interested in me than you.”

 

That sends exactly the wrong farewell message.

 

Saying goodbye to coworkers should be short:

 

  • 3 paragraphs
  • 7–8 sentences
  • 150 words

 

Send a Farewell Email—Not a Farewell Letter

 

Why not send a farewell business letter when you leave?

 

Printed-on-paper business letters are momentous. They send the message, “I’m important.”

 

You want your coworkers to feel important.

 

To focus on relationships, stick to short, informal emails.

 

Don’t Send a Group Email

 

What better way to say, “You don’t matter” than a group email?

 

Start with an informal salutation, like:

 

  • Hi Tim,
  • Dear Francine,
  • Hey Sheryl,
  • Hello Arnold,

 

Then customize each goodbye email to coworkers.

 

I’ll show how next.

 

Pro Tip: Should you send a fresh email to every coworker? Start with farewell email templates. Spend more time customizing for cherished contacts. For others, change the name and one or two details.

 

Haven’t sent your two weeks notice letter yet? Learn how—and whether two weeks is enough. See our guide: How to Write a Two Weeks Notice Letter of Resignation

 

2

Don’t Talk About Yourself in a Farewell Email to Coworkers

 

Not sure how to start a goodbye letter?

 

What if one of your connections is a future Sheryl Sandberg?

 

There are 27 million entrepreneurs in the U.S.

 

That means 1 in 10 people you meet is a potential future business leader. Even more if you count C-Suite executives.

 

Your goal?

 

Show you understand that in your farewell letter.

 

Briefly mention your excitement for your future. Then move on quickly to what you’ll leave behind.

 

These two goodbye email to coworkers examples show right from wrong.

 

right

Dear Sheryl,

 

As you know, I'm leaving my graphic design position here at Redinger & Hoff. My last day is August 12th.

 

I'm excited to start a new chapter, but I want to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed working with you.

 

The first of our farewell email to coworkers examples keeps your future plans vague. That puts the attention where it belongs.

 

wrong

Dear Sheryl,

 

I'm so excited to start my new career. My time here has been great, but this opportunity is the chance of a lifetime for me. The pay is better, the perks are better, and the team over at XYZ Co. is so amazing! My 401K will be fully vested in six months, which means...

 

Yowch. Way to rub it in. Ears will be steaming after that goodbye email to coworkers.

 

Pro Tip: Need goodbye email subject line examples? Keep your resignation email subject simple. Departure, Farewell message, or Moving on will start on the right foot.

 

Don't have a new job lined up yet? Before saying goodbye to coworkers, learn the top four job sites to focus on. See our guide: Job Sites: 15 Best Job Search Engines and How to Use Them Perfectly

 

3

Ace Your Goodbye Email by Showing How Much Your Coworkers Mean to You

 

How can you say, “I value this relationship?”

 

You could just say it.

 

But that’s generic.

 

Use specifics in a goodbye email to coworkers.

 

The right details prove your coworker is important.

 

Look at the huge difference in these two farewell letter to colleagues examples:

 

RIGHT
Without your insights, our team would never have won the CSS Design Award. Your guidance has helped me grow as a designer in ways I'd never have expected. You also introduced me to my new favorite book—The Art of Looking Sideways.

 

That goodbye email does it right, with details.

 

The next of our farewell email to coworkers examples doesn’t:

 

WRONG
I really appreciate you and value our relationship. You’ve been a great coworker and I’ll always value our experience together.

 

Yep. Generic. I don’t feel special. Do you? Not with that goodbye letter.

 

To show how much a coworker means to you, mention one or two of these:

 

  • Something you learned from them.
  • What you’ve gained from the relationship.
  • Something you share.
  • Some way they helped you.
  • A funny moment or memory you experienced together.

 

Use 2–3 of those specifics in each goodbye email to coworkers you send.

 

Pro Tip: Your details will vary in a goodbye email to a manager, senior, coworker, or direct report. Customize your approach for each. I’ll show how in a minute.

 

How can adding 40 words to a LinkedIn profile make you 40x more likely to get hired? See our guide: How To Optimize Your LinkedIn Summary & Profile To Get Jobs

 

4

Say You’d Like to Keep the Relationship Alive


Imagine this—

 

It’s three years from now. You’re unemployed.

 

Then the phone rings. It’s a former coworker. She asks, would you be interested in a cushy job offer?

 

The best goodbye email to coworkers leaves the door wide open.

 

See how in the next of our farewell email to coworkers examples:

 

RIGHT

Even though I'm moving on, you gave me a lot to take with me. I'd love to keep in touch. Please feel free to reach out for any reason at my personal email ([email protected]) or mobile phone (904-451-1014).

 

Warm regards,

 

Kiara Shertick

 

Nice. Your colleague will feel honored by that farewell letter. She’s obviously part of your inner circle.

 

Not so with the next of our goodbye email to coworker examples:

 

WRONG

Let’s keep in touch! You can find me on LinkedIn or use my contact info below. Thank you and goodbye.

 

Best regards,

 

Kiara Shertick

 

That feels form-letterish. It’s not memorable and it doesn’t belong in a professional goodbye email.

 

Pro Tip: Never spring your departure notice in a farewell email to colleagues. Always tell your boss in person first. Then send a resignation letter. Goodbye emails come last.

 

Will one heated moment on Facebook sink your great goodbye letter to coworkers? Prevent disaster with our guide: How to Check Your Online Presence Before Recruiters Look You Up

 

5

End Your Goodbye Email to Colleagues with Copious Contact Info

 

Awesome.

 

You just got a referral for a fat job.

 

Where did it come from? A past coworker and a farewell email.

 

You gave him lots of contact info in your goodbye email to coworkers. That did two things:

 

  1. Made it easy for him to find you
  2. Made him feel valued

 

[email protected]

904-451-1014

linkedin.com/kiarashertick

3048 Sycamore Fork Road

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

A great farewell letter stresses the importance of the relationship.

 

Adding lots of contact info is like a ten-foot welcome mat.

 

Pro Tip: Include lots of contact info. Adding more to a goodbye letter makes your connection feel significant.

 

What contact info should you leave off a resume? Should you include your Facebook handle? See our guide: How to Make a Resume Header with the Right Contact Info

 

6

Best Farewell Email Examples for Different Coworkers

 

You can start with the same template for each goodbye email to coworkers.

 

A farewell letter will always have the same ingredients:

 

  1. A salutation like Dear, Hi, Hello, Hey,
  2. Remind them that you’re leaving, and the date.
  3. Reference a couple details that show why you value them.
  4. Offer to stay in touch.
  5. Provide copious contact info.

 

Step #3 will differ for each recipient. Here are a few goodbye letter examples to light the way:

 

To a Coworker

 

This farewell to a colleague shows how to pick a positive detail. A goodbye email to coworkers after resignation should focus on a strength the person likes about herself.

 

You’re an expert at something most people don’t get—reading the room. I’ll never forget when upper management pushed to lock in Innotech as a supplier and you spoke up for us. Had you not done that, we would have lost tens of thousands that year. I’ve tried to learn that skill from you.

 

To a Direct Report

 

A farewell letter to an employee can speak to their strengths.

 

Your cheerful attitude was a joy to be around every day. You may not remember, but after we lost the Klimson account, I was feeling pretty gut-punched. Your kind attention and bright attitude refocused me on our new business outreach.

 

To a Manager

 

Feel like burning bridges with your manager? Don’t. A thank you letter to your boss when you leave work is the smart move.

 

When I wanted to buy the new editing software, you could’ve just said no. Instead, you took the time to explain your reasoning. Your business insights gave me a tool to make decisions easier. I’ve appreciated that ever since.

 

To a Senior Employee or Executive

 

Every company likes to talk about family. This company actually embodies it. The Amazon gift card you sent out of the blue may have seemed small to you, but I often think of it at unexpected times.

 

To Those You Don’t Know Well

 

I really enjoyed getting to know you. It was a pleasure working with you on the Cloud Management project. Your ideas and insights helped make it a success.

 

To a Client

 

It’s been a pleasure working with you these last four years. I really appreciate all your business. Most of all, I’ve enjoyed our talks about fly fishing.

 

The samples above make for great last working day emails.

 

Here’s one last piece of advice: Resist the urge to send a funny goodbye note.

 

If your coworker has a great sense of humor, use quips like, If I don’t see you again, so what?” at your own risk. They can backfire too easily in a farewell email to colleagues.

 

Pro Tip: Don’t make up compliments in a goodbye email to coworkers. People can see through that like a break-room window. Find things you like about others, or focus on fun memories or things you have in common.

 

Key Takeaway

 

Leaving the company is awkward at times. Leaving without a thank you letter to colleagues on your last day of work even more so.

 

Here’s a recap of how to write a goodbye email to coworkers:

 

  • Keep it short. A short farewell email to coworkers says, “Your time is important.”
  • Focus on the relationship. A goodbye letter should leave them thinking highly of you. So—make it all about them.
  • Add details like what you learned from them, something you have in common, or a funny moment.
  • Include copious contact info. It’s a welcome mat that shows you value the connection.

 

Do you have questions about how to write a farewell letter to coworkers? Want to share an example of a farewell email that worked for you? Give us a shout in the comments. We’d be happy to reply!

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50 Sincere Goodbye Messages to Write in a Farewell Card

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It is important to bid a proper goodbye to your boss before leaving. The article below contains some sample farewell letters to the boss.
Writing a farewell letter before leaving is the right time to show your appreciation related to the opportunity you had working with him/her. If drafted correctly, it will prove to be the best way to part in a professional as well as ethical way. The paragraphs below will give you some tips for drafting such a letter, and also provide you with some examples.

Essential Tips
  • You need to begin your letter using 'Dear' as the salutation. This is followed by your boss's first name, if you were on friendly terms.
  • Otherwise, you can just write, 'Dear Mr. Brown'. You need to write the reason for writing the letter, i.e., good-bye.
  • You should pen all the important and specific things that you must have learned working with your boss.
  • Make sure you remain honest while writing your thanks or else you may sound too fake.
  • Provide your contact information, just in case he wants to contact you in future.
  • The closing lines should be formal and professional like the rest of the letter.
  • End with a simple closing salutation like 'With Thanks' or 'Best Wishes'.
Letter Samples

Goodbye Letter to Boss
Dear Mr. Matthews,

As you know, today is my last day working for MLA Association for a position at BSM Associates at the end of the month. I want to express my appreciation for our professional association for the past 5 years. The time I have spent working with you has been one of the most enjoyable periods of my career.

Your guidance and mentoring was truly helpful when I started here 5 years ago. Your support has helped me grow professionally while here at MLA Association. While I'm sad to leave this organization, I am looking forward to the new experiences that await me at my new job. I'd love to stay in touch, so please feel free to contact me at (your personal e-mail address). Thank you for all you've done.

Sincerely,

Rob Bay

Farewell Thank You Letter to Boss
Dear Mr. Matthews,

Before I leave, I wanted to let you know that it was a pleasure working for you these last 8 years. I have always appreciated your support and management style. I feel I have learned a lot from you and grown professionally under your guidance.

I hope we can stay in touch and you can contact me at my personal email address (your email address).

Best of luck to you!

Sincerely,

Rob Bay

Farewell Letter to Boss Who is Leaving
Dear Mr. Matthews,

I take this opportunity to congratulate you for your new job. I just wanted you to know that it has been a privilege working under your leadership for the past 2 years. It is with a very heavy heart I bid you farewell.

We can remain in touch and you can contact me at (your personal email address). I wish the best of luck to you in your future.

Sincerely,

Rob Bay

These were a few goodbye letters to boss that will help you draft your own letters. You can even go through the farewell letter to colleague sample and find some useful letters. Hope the above farewell letter to boss sample helps you find some inspiration and draft a professional goodbye letter to your boss.

Four tips for writing a goodbye email to coworkers. Here are several tips to consider as you compose your farewell email: Keep it positive. The point of a.

How to Say Goodbye to Your Coworkers

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*Update* Check out this goodbye email generator

After you quit your job, your goodbye email to your coworkers has the power to set the tone for the whole of your tenure, your departure, and your farewell happy hour drinks at 5.

Leaving with your best face forward is a balancing act between:

  • not saying too much about how excited you are, to avoid resentment
  • saying just enough about what you’re doing next, to inspire jealousy
  • and saying more than enough about how awesome your team is, so you’ll be remembered as generous and kind

With this in mind, here’s a proven 8 step formula for writing your goodbye email.

1. Make your subject line ominous, but playful

The subject line of your goodbye email should convey the ominous nature of your message without being too alarming, keeping in mind your boss has probably already told everyone anyway.

Stay away from phrases like, “This is it,” “My unfortunate departure,” or “Checking out for good,” and instead go with something like, “I bid you adieu,” “A Fond Farewell,” or “Here’s to all the sexual harassment lawsuits I escaped.”

This will make your coworkers excited to read your email (later, when they have some time).

2. Say how sad you are to be leaving such an incredible team

Begin by mentioning what a tough decision this was, and make sure to relate how much you enjoyed working on such an awesome team. Say how thankful you are for everything they’ve taught you, but also be grateful for everything you were able to teach them.

3. Make fun of someone

There’s at least one person on every team that everyone likes to make fun of. By making fun of this person, you’ll be remembered as one of the cool kids.  Say something like “I’ll miss all of you, well not all of you, I’m not naming names (Greg).”

4. Mention how long you worked there

It’s very important to subtly throw in how long you were a member of the team, so that people appreciate the time you put in. People have a tendency to not remember this, so make sure to remind them. Your coworkers will say, “Oh wow, she was here that long?”

5. Talk about what an exciting ride, adventure, or journey, it’s been

Mention all the teams and projects you contributed to, in a way that makes it seem like you’re not bragging even though you’re totally bragging. Think of this as a list of your notable contributions subtly disguised as nostalgic reminiscing.

6. Talk about your exciting “next chapter”

When you mention where you’re headed next, it’s important to describe it in a vague way that also makes it sound incredible.

Say something like:

  • I’ll be exploring the bleeding edge of technology
  • I’m following my passion for global health
  • I’m seizing a groundbreaking opportunity to re-envision the future of hardwood floors

This will have everyone’s tongue wagging about where you’re going, and will give you something to talk about during those awkward goodbye drinks conversations.

7. Leave your contact info

It’s important to leave a few ways to reach you:

  • Phone number (don’t worry, no one will ever call you)
  • Contact info for the communication product your team was working on, if there is one (even though you’ll probably never use it again)
  • Personal email address (should be a first generation Gmail address, otherwise leave this out)
  • Twitter and LinkedIn profiles (but don’t update your bio with your new position until several weeks after you leave, you don’t want to seem too eager)

Since goodbyes are hard for everyone, talk about how this isn’t really goodbye. Say you’re only an email away. Say you hope your paths will cross again.

8. Leave some advice for the future

End with some parting, sage advice that shows what a deep person you are. This can be a quote from Seth Godin or Steve Jobs, or a general statement about always learning, giving it your all, continuing to change the world and striving for greatness. Be excited for them, and be excited for yourself, and overall leave on a positive note that re-iterates how sad, but still excited, everyone should be.


Sample email

Finally, here’s a sample email that you can use as a template.

Fellow <insert catchy nickname for your team>,

It’s with <a heavy heart, a gentle sad face, a knowing glance> that I must share with you my decision to leave <insert name of company>. This was <obviously, clearly, apparently> a very difficult decision to make.

It’s hard to believe that <insert how long you worked there> ago, I was the <insert your first position at the company>. From that time, until when I was <insert next position>, and all the way to my current role as <insert current position>, I have grown so much. Thank you for teaching and inspiring me, and allowing me to do the same for you.

I am headed off to explore my next chapter <insert vague but exciting thing you’ll be doing.>

I’m excited about my future there while I continue to be excited about all the things you’ll continue to accomplish here (except for you <insert name of person everyone makes fun of>), you never finish anything!

If I could leave you all with just one thought, remember <insert sage advice>.

If you ever want to get in touch, my contact info is below. This isn’t goodbye, our paths will cross again. Hopefully at farewell happy hour drinks at 5!

<insert your name>

<contact info>


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