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October 15, 2018 Anniversary Wishes 1 comment

You've accepted a new job, turned in your resignation letter, and There's just one more thing to do on your last day of work: the farewell note.

In my time working I have received just one such ‘all staff’ letter that I thought was probably a good idea.

The whole letter was a beautifully written pisstake. The writing style mirrored the CEO’s and it was extremely funny. It did point out a couple deficiencies in how the company was run but only in a very light and gentle way. Most of it was entertaining anecdotes about the good people that he had worked with over the years. The effect of this letter is that I still remember the person’s name fondly and that would help if they applied for a job with me or any of the thousands of other people who received it. Had they walked out without saying anything then I would have been more likely to forget them.

I heard through the grapevine that even this letter rubbed some important people up the wrong way. The cost of doing this could be to blacklist you. If your letter comes across as negative then you are almost certain to destroy any goodwill that people still harbour towards you and realistically that letter will not fix anything. Now is the time to maintain as many of the relationships as practical, it is not an appropriate forum to air grievances or criticise any decisions.

You could perhaps get away with something like:

Dear colleagues,

You are not going to see me around the water cooler any more as I have been fired for failing to meet my performance targets. I have trouble following directions, such as the clear instruction I was given to not send this letter.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all. I truly appreciate all the wonderful times we have had together and the many things I have learned along the way. There is a great team here and I am sure you are going to do many amazing things even without my help.

PS: If anybody wants to get in contact with me to talk about fussball or share a pizza then you are welcome to call on <number> or email <private email>. Also please get in contact if you hear about any job opportunities for a <job title> that has well and truly learned the importance of staying on task.

All the best,

Your former colleague Jack.

The point about a letter like this is that by taking the high road and being self-deprecating you get a laugh out of people and maybe they’ll remember you and put your name forward. Also if this email gets anonymously forwarded to HR at any job you apply for it is unlikely to significantly hurt your chances.

A farewell letter is a friendly, soft and heart-warming letter that is written to bid good bye to friends, colleagues or relatives. Whether you are graduating from.

Sample Goodbye Emails to Colleagues

how to write a response to a farewell letter

Composing a goodbye or farewell email to your colleagues on your last day in the office can be a daunting task. To help, here’s a sample email that you can refer to.

Subject: Bidding Everyone Adieu

Dear Coworkers,

Today is my last day at work here, and I would like to thank you all for the great times that we shared. I will treasure all the sweet memories that I have of working here with you.

I have enjoyed working with you all, and I see myself as one of the few lucky employees at [insert name of company] because I got to work with such a great team of like-minded individuals. It’s hard for me to bid you all adieu because of how we worked together tirelessly to promote this company so that it would meet the present and future needs of clients and staff members.

Building a successful team means more than just finding people who can work together. It means finding a team that's committed to each other, has a deep sense of trust with one another and cares about each other. During my 10+ years as a full-time staff member here, I've worked in three different departments. Despite how tough things were, every team I had the privilege to work with was able to meet, surpass, and sustain the goals that we were tasked with.

I remember when the company's success was plummeting, I was part of the team that was commissioned by the board to find a lasting solution to the challenges the company was facing at that difficult time. Under the supervision of Mr. /Mrs. _____, we researched and drafted the [paper/project] that helped restore the company.

While this has been one of the most satisfying, rewarding, and all-around wonderful jobs I've ever had, I feel that it's time for me to explore new challenges and diversify my experience. I will definitely miss you all, and at the same time, I look forward to these new career opportunities.

At this juncture, I wish you all the very best here at [insert name of company]. Once again, thank you for the inspiration and for bringing out the best in me. To keep in touch with me from time to time, my contact information is below.

[Your name]

[Your contact information]

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Farewell Message for an Employee Leaving

how to write a response to a farewell letter

When leaving a job, you may want to write your coworkers, boss, or employees a farewell message. You may also want to say thank you in your message.

Writing a pleasant goodbye note may encourage others to remember you fondly. Saying goodbye is #8 on the list of 15 things to do before leaving a job. 

At the office, the farewell message is usually sent via email when sending the same message to a group of people such as a team or others that you had contact with. When saying goodbye to one person, such as your boss, mentor, or close coworker, you may want to write a handwritten note instead of sending an email. Handwritten notes may feel more personal, and the person is likely to keep it longer than an email.

You don't have to thank or say goodbye to everyone on the list below with a farewell message. Wanting to thank someone on that list, may be what brought you to this post. So I listed others that you may want to write a message to that you may not have considered otherwise.

Who you may want to send a farewell note to

  • Your team (could use a group email)
  • Your co-workers that were not on your team (could use a group email)
  • Your boss (individual note is best unless you don't have anything special to say to the boss. And then you can include your boss in the group email)
  • Your employees (individual if you have specific things to say to one person, use group for your entire team)
  • Anyone else you had contact with that you feel like saying goodbye to or thanking before your last day

If you know of someone else that is leaving, you may want to send them a message. If they send you a farewell email, you could reply and write them a farewell message

What to include in your farewell thank you message

Below are some suggestions for what types of things to include in your farewell note. They are followed by sections of examples notes written to a boss, employee, and coworkers.

  • Your last day date, in case anyone wants to say good-bye to you in person (if you work at the same location) or reply to your message.
  • Where and what your next job is. People always wonder! But that's entirely up to you. Don't share about your next job if you are not comfortable doing so.
  • If sending an email, the subject line could be:
    • Farewell and best wishes
    • My last day is [Date]
    • Goodbye and contact info
    • Thank you
  • Message content which could include:
    • I look forward to our paths crossing again in the future.
    • I enjoyed working with you.
    • Please stay in touch.
    • It's been an honor working with you.
    • Compliments of the team or to an individual
    • There are more examples in the notes below
  • The thank you message
    • Usually, I recommend being specific when thanking someone. However, that is nearly impossible to do in a group email. So, your farewell note might feel generic, which is okay in this situation.
    • Thank you for all of your help and support
    • Thank you for being great to work with
    • I am grateful to have worked with such a wonderful group of people
    • I appreciate the time you spent mentoring me and helping me to grow my skills
  • Contact information, if you want to stay in contact with people! Maybe you don't. Only provide contact information if you are genuinely okay with someone contacting you in the future. If you don't want a bunch of Facebook friend invites from acquaintances, don't include your Facebook info.

      • Social media accounts like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
      • Email address
      • Phone number
      • A link to your website/blog if you have one.

Farewell Message Format

Your note can look like the example that follows. For more information on the layout of a thank-you note, see these 5 easy steps.

Dear [Person's Name],

Your Message (this is the middle section).

Second paragraph (optional).

Third paragraph (optional).

Closing (such as kind regards, thanks again, etc.),

Your Name

Note: words in [brackets] in the examples below, should be replaced appropriately for your note.

The format of the farewell examples messages will be the same, so only the middle section of the note is included in the examples below when the note has only 1 paragraph. You can add additional paragraphs to any of the samples if you desire. You can also combine wording from different examples into your note.

Examples to be sent via group email to multiple people

Note: This section of examples is for when you are sending one email to multiple people. Since its being sent to a group, you will not be thanking anyone for anything specific. Some of the examples will feel generic and simple. These emails are more casual and could be for a boss sending an email to employees or coworkers to coworkers.

Farewell Email to Group Email #1 - with contact information provided 

I've enjoyed working with all of you. My last day is [Day of Week], [Date]. If you'd like to stay in touch here are my contact details:

List only the contact details you want to provide.

Facebook Link

Phone number

personal email address

etc.

Also, feel free to send me your contact details.

Best Regards,

[Your Name]

Farewell Email to Group Email #2 - with contact information provided 

I'll be starting a new opportunity next week. My last day here is [Day of Week], [Date].

If you'd like to stay in touch, my email address is [your email address].

Best Regards,

[Your Name]

Farewell Email to Group Email #3 - no contact information provided

Thank you all for being so great to work with it! It's been an honor working with such a dedicated and successful group.

If you haven't heard yet, I've accepted a position at [Company Name]. My last day here is [Day of Week], [Date].

Please feel free to stop by my [desk/cube/office] this week.

Sincerely

[Your Name]

Farewell Email to Group Email #4 - to only those on your current team

Dear Team,

You've been the best team I've ever worked with. Working to together on projects has been a delight. I will miss working with you. However, I'm am excited about my new opportunity with [Company Name].

My Facebook page is [link to your Facebook page], and my email address is [your email address].

Kind regards,

[Your Name]

Farewell Email to Group Email #5 - to only those on your current team

Dear Team,

We've accomplished a lot together as a team. It's been an honor working with each of you. I have enjoyed the camaraderie and consider each of you a friend.

I am excited to move on to a new challenge at [Company Name]. If you want to know more about it, please let me know.

Also, please respond if you'd like to stay in touch, and then we can share personal contact information.

Kind regards,

[Your Name]

Farewell Email to Group Email #6 - to only those on your current team

Dear Team,

As [Boss's name] announced in the meeting yesterday, my last day is on [date]. I am leaving with a tinge of sadness as I've come to enjoy a friendship with each of you.

You've inspired me to keep learning as much as I can. Now, to keep growing, I feel that moving to a larger company will lead to more opportunities.

Thank you for being a fantastic team!

Let's stay in touch.

Kind regards,

[Your Name]

Farewell Email to Group Email #7 - to only those on your current team

Dear Team,

You've been a fantastic team for the past two years. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work with each of you. My last day is on [date]. I am hoping we can squeeze in a team lunch before then.

Also, thank you for listening to all of my cat stories! I am very excited that my next position is at the Humane Society where I can spend plenty of time helping cats.

[Note: In your note, replace the sentence above with whatever you talked about a lot with your coworkers and where your next position is and why you are excited about it]

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Below are examples of personal notes written to 1 person only. 

This could be done in a handwritten note or an email or even an instant message if your company uses Skype or Slack (or another messaging program).

Boss to an employee - Example #1 

Hello [Person's Name]

I have enjoyed having you on my team during the past few years. I am thankful for all of your contributions to our team. Your work on [project name] was outstanding and provided a great deal of value to the company.

Also, I appreciate your honesty whenever I asked for feedback on my performance. Not everyone was willing to share things with me.

As I start my new opportunity, know that I will miss working with you. Perhaps our paths will cross again in the future. Until then, please keep in touch! My personal emails is [your email address] and my phone number is ###-###-####.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

More Boss to an employee that is leaving examples (middle section only) 

2. Thank you for being a dependable employee. You will be missed. You were terrific and supportive with training new hires. It's going to be hard to replace you.

3. I wish you all the best at your new position. Thank you for everything you did while on my team. Your work on [project name] was top notch. You'll be remembered as one of the good ones!

4. I am sad to see you go! But I am happy for you at the same time. The new position may be precisely what you are looking for. Thank you for always being willing to help out with whatever was needed without complaining.

5. You've been an incredible support to the team and me. Thank you for all of your process improvements. Your legacy will live on here with all the macros and other tools you developed to make everyone's jobs easier. I wish you all the success in your next position.

6. Thank you for your hard work and dedication while you were on my team. [Client name] expressed many times how much they liked having you on their project. They are going to miss you too! Here is my personal email address if you'd like to stay in touch: [your email address].

7. You will be missed! I do hope your new job provides you with what you were looking for as a next career step. Thank you for being awesome.

Employee to boss- Example #1 

Hello [Boss's Name],

Thank you for being the best boss I've had so far in my career. You're a wonderful listener, and I felt valued as a team member.

The team events over the years have helped with team bonding. Some people will say they are a waste of time, but they were not to me.

If you want to stay in my personal email is [your email address].

All the best,

[Your Name]

Employee to boss- Example #2

[Boss’s name],

Thank you for all the advice you have given me. I appreciate the recommendation you gave to [new company name] on my behalf. I believe it helped me to get the job. I am looking forward to trying out [new career field].

Please stay in touch.

Thanks again,

[Your Name]

Employee to boss- Example #3

[Boss’s name],

Thank you for sharing your wisdom with me while I worked on your team. You helped me to learn that there are often many ways, not just A or B, to solve problems. I will remember that advice.

I want to stay in touch. What is your personal email address? Mine is [your email address].

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

More Employee to boss examples (middle section only)

4. You’ve been a great manager. I will miss working with you and the team. Perhaps our paths will cross again in the future.

5. It’s been an honor working with you. I will treasure all of the advice you passed on about [job topic]. Whoever you hire to replace me, will be fortunate to learn from you.

6. You were my favorite team lead ever! I will miss chatting with you. Thank you for giving me opportunities to learn and improve my skills in [topic/program]. It's because of you that I was able to accept the manager position at [new company name]. I appreciate all your support in my personal development.

7. Thank you for being a wonderful boss. Your integrity made your team great to be on. I felt inspired to give my best every day. If you want to stay in touch, my email is [your email address]

To the coworker that is leaving the job from a coworker 

Note: it can be easy to say Good Luck. There are 100+ ways to say good luck here.

These messages can be sent as a reply to a farewell message. Or if you didn’t receive a farewell note, you can still send the person that is leaving an email, if you desire.

1. I have enjoyed working with you! Good luck at your new position.

2. Thank you for all you taught me about [subject they taught you about]. My knowledge and skills improved because of the time you spent mentoring me. I wish you all the best!

3. Wow! I am excited for you. We had some fun times working together. Good luck at the new job.

4. You'll do great at your new position! Thank you for being a great friend while we worked together.

5. Thank you for everything that you taught me! I enjoyed working with you and wish you all the best in at your new position.

6. I am excited for you and your new position. I hope it works out well for you. Thank you for being an excellent teammate while we worked together.

7. I am going to miss working with you! I appreciate all you taught me about [topic]. You were a great mentor!

From the coworker that is leaving job to one coworker (not a group)

1. You were one of my favorite people to work it. I'm so glad we were assigned to the same team. Thank you for being so fun to work with it. I liked discussing programming problems with you and coming up with solutions.

2. Sitting next to you for the past few years has been delightful. I will miss hearing your stories and working on projects with you. You are very good at the position. If you ever decide you want to join me at [company name of new position], I will gladly recommend you. Of course, I better make sure I like working their first! I'll let you know in a few weeks how thing are going.

3. Thank you for all of your support while we worked together. I appreciate all the time you spent mentoring me when I was new. I feel like I learned more from you than anyone else. Your knowledge about [topic] surpasses most others. I'd love to stay in touch. Here is my contact information [and then provide your contact information].

4. I'm so glad we made a connection that day in the cafeteria when you saw my cat shirt. I love talking about cats with you. You may have heard already, but my last day is [Date]. I accepted a new position at [company name]. Would you like to meet for in a few weeks? I should be settled in by then.

5. I will miss working with you! My last day is on Friday. Thank you for all of your help and support during the past year. I hope our friendship will continue once I start the new position. My contact information is: [list your contact info]. Thank you!

6. Thank you for being a reliable source of information about [topic]. As you may know, you became my trusted source during the past year. I appreciate that you were always up to date with the latest information. I am going to miss your expertise. I hope we can stay in touch as friends! My email address is [your email address].

7. I loved working with you. Please know that I will miss you and look forward to meeting for lunch soon. Thank you for being a great friend and coworker!

I hope the examples above helped you to write your farewell message!

Have you ever received a memorable farewell message? Did it include a thank you? What did it say?

Sample of How to Reply to a Goodbye Letter with a how-to guide to help you write the letter and a template to help you understand the correct.

Sample Farewell Email: How To Go Out In Style

how to write a response to a farewell letter

When you leave a job – whether it's because you're retiring, returning to school, have accepted a new job, or are just moving on in general – it's a good idea to send a farewell letter to your co-workers. 

Your farewell note is the perfect place for you to thank co-workers for the opportunity you’ve had to work together. It's also a place to share contact information.

Who Should Receive a Farewell Letter?

While you may tell many colleagues that you're departing the company in a face-to-face conversation, sending a letter (either by email or traditional snail mail) ensures that everyone knows the news.

You should use your judgment to decide who should receive a farewell letter. If you have a small office, you might send it to everyone in the company. However, for larger companies, consider just sending the letter to your immediate group or team, or particular people whom you have worked closely with during your stint at that company.

When and How to Send a Farewell Letter or Email

It's a good idea to send your farewell letter as close as possible to your last day of work. Preferably, your coworkers will receive the letter on your last day (or second-to-last day), when you are finished with your duties. That way, you have time to say goodbye to people in person.

You can send a goodbye letter or email. An email is an easy way to efficiently tell everyone about your leaving. However, if you send an actual letter, make sure people will receive it before you leave, so they have time to say goodbye in person if they want to.

If you choose to write your farewell letter on paper, you might consider placing each letter in your coworkers' work mailboxes (rather than mailing each letter), to save time (and money on stamps).

What to Include in a Farewell Letter

Whatever the reason for your departure, here is the most important information to include in your note: 

  • Gratitude and a thank you – Even if you weren't happy at your job or with every single person you worked with, it's polite to express your thanks and appreciation to co-workers. Work associates who feel that you have valued them are far more likely to keep in touch with you – thus becoming long-term connections that can be valuable both for personal and professional reasons. 
  • Where you're going next – You don't have to share information about where you're going next, but if you feel comfortable sharing some details, you certainly can. People are naturally curious about why co-workers have left their organization and providing a brief description of your future plans can both help to defuse workplace gossip and also offer closure to your team members. If you choose to provide details, though, be sure to keep the tone positive and upbeat, without drawing negative comparisons between your future and current workplaces. 
  • Contact information – This will make it easy for co-workers to keep in touch. You can CC your personal email address in your note to make it easy for people to respond. You can also include links to your social media presence (think: LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.). 

Farewell Letter Template

You can use a template as a starting point for your own letter. However, you should always personalize and customize your letter, so it reflects your work experience and your relationship with your coworkers. For example, if you don’t want to include a phone number in your own farewell letter, you don’t need to do so.

Subject: Your Name - Moving On

Use the first paragraph of your farewell letter to let your coworkers know that you are leaving the company. It's fine to tell them where you are going and what you will be doing. However, don't mention anything negative about your present employer or why you are moving on. You should also mention the specific day you will be leaving, so your coworkers have time to say goodbye if they wish to.

In the second paragraph, thank your coworkers for all the support they have provided you. Mention that you have enjoyed working with them and you'll miss them, even though it’s time for you to move on. Depending on the number of coworkers you have, you might want to individualize this paragraph for each person, specifying something in particular that you appreciate about each coworker.

The third paragraph should let your contacts know where they can reach you. Include your personal email address, phone number, and LinkedIn URL.

In the last paragraph, reiterate your thanks.

Farewell Letter Example

This sample employee farewell letter can be used to let your co-workers and colleagues know that you are resigning. The letter also includes information on how you can be contacted in the future.

Farewell Email to Colleagues Example (Text Version)

Subject: Jerry Rodriguez - Moving On

Dear John,

I'd like to let you know that I am leaving my position at BDE Corporation on July 1st.

I have enjoyed my tenure at BDE, and I appreciate having had the opportunity to work with you. Thank you for the support and encouragement you have provided me during my time at BDE.

Even though I will miss my colleagues, clients, and the company, I am looking forward to starting a new phase of my career.

Please keep in touch. I can be reached at my personal email address (jerry123@gmail.com) or my cell phone, 555-123-1234. You can also reach me on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/jerryrodriguez).

Thanks again. It's been a pleasure working with you.

Best regards, Jerry Rodriguez

More Farewell Letter Samples

Leave a Good Impression

Your farewell letter is the last big impression you'll leave with the company and your co-workers so make sure it’s a good one. This is not the place to mention how unhappy you were, how wronged you feel by management, or how much better you anticipate that your new job will be. Make jokes cautiously – what's funny to one person may not be funny to everyone. 

The people you work with throughout your career form the bedrock of your professional network, so it's important to make it easy for them to keep in touch. 

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Farewell letter and email message samples and template to say goodbye to co- workers and let them know that you have a new job, are retiring, or moving on.

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