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October 24, 2018 Anniversary Wishes 4 comments

How to Say Goodbye to Coworkers. Regardless of whether you're heading to greener pastures or quitting in frustration, your last day at a job.

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]

Note: it can be easy to say Good Luck. sent as a reply to a farewell message.

Say Goodbye to Your Coworkers

say farewell to coworkers

Goodbye messages to coworkers can often be the most difficult ones to write. After all, how does one even begin to sum up the weeks, months or years that you’ve worked together, and the myriad of emotions they’ve inspired in you over all this time, or all the memories that you’ve shared?

Saying goodbye in person is hard enough, but having to write these goodbye messages in a farewell card to coworkers can be a daunting task indeed. It’s a bit easier to write goodbye messages to coworkers that you had a good relationship with, but, what if you weren’t particularly fond of the person? Or didn’t know them nearly enough to form an opinion?

None of that seems to matter when those farewell cards start to circulate in the office and you’re expected to write flattering and thoughtful goodbye messages to coworkers that you may not even have really known. Whatever your predicament, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a list of goodbye messages to coworkers that you can use to appropriately express your sadness, mixed emotions, or even low-key indifference as a colleague retires or leaves to greener career pastures:

P.S. Stan is our fictional colleague in these goodbye messages so be sure to change this to your actual colleague’s name before writing in a farewell card. The last thing you want to do is to screw up your colleague’s name on his last day!

 

25 goodbye messages to coworker who is taking retirement

 

01“Farewell, old friend. The office won’t be the same without you, At least I know you’ll be happy somewhere planting your garden, traveling the world or whatever it is that old folks like you love to do 😊. Goodbye Stan. All the best!”

 

 

02“I envy all the free time you’ll finally have but I’m mostly just sad to see you go. Whatever you decide to do now and wherever life takes you, I wish you all the best on that journey. Goodbye and good luck with retirement.”

 

03“You made coming to work each day such a pleasure. It’s not goodbye by any means, but I’m certainly going to miss you around here. All the best with retirement. I’m right behind you!”

 

04“Retirement sure looks good on you Stan. Enjoy it! Good bye and all the best!”

 

05“We’ve started taking bets that after one week home, you’re going to be begging to come back to us 😊…at least, that’s what we all secretly hope. The office sure is going to be incomplete without you. We’re just happy you finally get to sit back and relax. Enjoy retirement old friend. You deserve it!”

 

06“The office won’t be the same without you Stan. You’ve been a breath of fresh air on even the dreariest of days. Good luck and goodbye for now. We’ll be seeing you around!”

 

07“Friend, coworker, mentor – these are all the things that you’ve been to me. As you move on to this new chapter in your life, I feel extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to work with you and learn from you. You’ve certainly made a lasting impact. Farewell for now! All the best.”

 

08“Of all the coworkers that I’ve had, you have made the most lasting impression. You approach life and work with such contagious zeal, that, being around you, it’s impossible not to feel the same. I know you’re going to go into retirement with that same spirit so, goodbye for now old friend. I wish you all the best.”

 

09“You’ve shared so many words of advice with me over the years and I’ll certainly miss being able to call upon your wisdom. Still, I’m happy to have had the honor of working with you and wish you the best in retirement. Farewell for now and good luck.”

 

10“I think HR’s data may be compromised…there’s no way a young thing like you could be retiring! But, since you’ve convinced everyone else, I guess there’s nothing else to do but say goodbye. I’m gonna miss you around here, Stan, but I wish you all the best.”
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11“In moments like these, I truly understand the meaning of the word bittersweet. It was my absolute pleasure being able to work with you, and now that you’re leaving, I feel so sad for the loss but so happy for you at the same time. Enjoy retirement Stan! You’ve certainly earned it. All the best.”

 

12“Stan, over the years, you’ve been more than just a coworker to me. You’ve also been a close friend. I know how long you’ve waited for this day and I’m so happy that you finally get to experience it. With all the free time you now have, I hope you won’t forget me because I certainly won’t forget you. Goodbye for now and all the best!”

 

13“I hate having to say goodbye to you, Stan. You’ve been so many things to me in the time that we’ve worked together. Coworker, confidante, friend. I know you’ve been looking forward to this moment, though, so I wish you good luck and hope we keep in touch.”

 

14“It’s sad to say goodbye, but I’m thankful it’s not final. I’ll be seeing you around so all the best until then.”

 

15“It breaks our heart to see you go – you made work such a breeze with your sunny outlook and warm disposition. Good luck as you sail away onto the seas of retirement. You’ve certainly earned it! Goodbye, old friend.”

 

16“Things will definitely not be the same here without you, and though we feel a sense of loss, we’re also happy as we tell you goodbye. Your retirement awaits! Go forth and enjoy!”

 

17“We know this is not a final goodbye, yet somehow, the feeling of loss is tangible. You are indeed a treasure that we feel honored to have found. Though it pains us to say goodbye, say it we must. Farewell coworker, and good luck with retirement!”
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18“While in retirement, do take up a hobby. Don’t show up to all office functions 😊. We love you Stan! Goodbye for now and enjoy all the perks retirement has to offer!”

 

19“Goodbye is hard to say, especially to those so dear. We’ve known this day was coming, but nothing could prepare us for how hard it would be to let you go. Though the moment is bittersweet, we are overjoyed for you and wish you all the best as you retire. Good luck!”

 

20“People wait so many years for this moment. Now that you’re here, I can’t imagine how overjoyed you must be. You will forever be etched on our memories. Goodbye and good luck as you retire.”

 

21“I do feel bad for the unlucky son of a gun who has to replace you…those are some huge shoes to fill! I won’t say goodbye, but I do wish you good luck. Have a blast with retirement!”

 

 

22“All the best fellow coworker. As you retire, we want you to know that you have inspired and motivated so many just by being you. Good luck and goodbye for now.”

 

23“You’re retiring on paper, but, for us, you’re still a part of the gang. It’s sad to say goodbye but we wish you all the best. Keep on being phenomenal!”

 

24“Many seasons have passed as we’ve worked together. Now that you’re leaving, we can’t help but be sad for the great friend and coworker that we’ve lost and happy (a bit envious too 😊) for all the free time you’ve gained. All the best and farewell!”

 

25“You’ve finally answered retirement’s call! I know you’re equal to the challenge. Good luck my friend and farewell for now!”

 

25 farewell messages to coworker who will work for another company

 

26“Your time with us has ended much too quickly. We hate to see you go, but know you’ll do well wherever you go. Farewell comrade. Good luck as you take on this new challenge!”

 

27“You’ve brought greatness with you into our midst. You’ve made your mark here, and the memories you’ve left behind will never be forgotten. Goodbye and all the best in this new role. We know you’ll totally dominate!”

 

28“I feel like a member of my family is being stolen. That’s how much you’ve come to mean to me. Despite this, I am so proud of you and I’m rooting for you as you move forward in the direction of your dreams. Goodbye my coworker. Goodbye my friend. I wish you all the best.”
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29“Watching you leave is hard, but know that there is always a space here for you. Good luck on your journey and goodbye until I see you again.”

 

30“You have sparked a flame in each of us with your determination and iron will. Your absence from our presence with surely bring sadness, but this is only temporary. The inspiration and the mark that you’ve left behind will last forever. Goodbye for now and good luck on your new job.”

 

31“Today is not just a day when the team loses one member, but also the day a valuable friend has spread their wings and aims to soar. Though this is goodbye for now, know that we support you in all that you do and wish you all the best.”

 

32“As you step boldly into your future, know that the mark you’ve left behind can never be erased. We know you’ll got out there and wow others just as you’ve wowed us, and, even though this is goodbye, we wish you good luck and much success. All the best!”

 

33“I feel like it was just the other day that we met and already we’re saying goodbye. It hurts to see you leave, but you’re moving on to bigger and better things, and that makes me so proud. You will always be more than just another coworker – you’re family. All the best as you move to higher heights.”

 

34“I’m told that you’re leaving. If it were up to me, I’d keep you here forever. Since some crazy person has already okayed this, I guess it’s time to say goodbye. Make me proud out there! Good luck!”

 

35“Through the tough tides you were aboard our ship, facing challenges but never losing grip. Now that the seas of life are steering you elsewhere, we bid you goodbye, good luck and good cheer.”

 

36“Losing you as a coworker will be a lot to process, but seeing you progress makes it easier to bear. Goodbye and good luck on your journey…there will always be a space for you here.”

 

37“When I heard that you were leaving, I didn’t want to believe it. The selfish me wishes you would stick around for a while longer, but, since you’re leaving to greener pastures, I’m happy for you. It was my pleasure being your coworker and though things will be different without you, I’m happy that we met. Goodbye and all the best.”

 

38“Having a coworker like you makes work so much easier. I envy the lucky office that can now call you their own. Goodbye my friend. Go out there and kick ass!”

 

39“Higher heights are waiting out there for you to reach, and though this goodbye is bittersweet, I wish you all the best both personally and professionally. I’m truly going to miss you coworker. You’ve made your mark.”

 

 

40“You, my friend, are irreplaceable (that’s not gonna stop HR from trying though 😊). You have made a mark on me that will not be forgotten anytime soon. It saddens me to have to say goodbye, but, your destiny awaits. Good luck old friend!”

 

41“I remember your first day here. Instantly you were like a magnet that drew us all to you. Now that you’re leaving, it’s like someone has drained all the energy from us. It’s hard to see a wonderful coworker like you leave, but, we know you’re advancing in the direction of your dreams so goodbye, good luck and all the best in everything that you do.”

 

42“It’s quality over quantity on our little team, and you were one of the best. It feels hard to lose you, but we know you’ll do us proud out there. Kick ass on the new job! We’re proud of you!”

 

43“I wish I could meet your new boss so that I could tell her the gem of a human being you are. If your coworkers ever slip up over there, you’ve always got a home right here. I miss you already! Goodbye and all the best as you go forth.”

 

44“Those poor fools who’ve hired you don’t know what they’ve gotten themselves into. Don’t worry though – there’ll always be a space reserved here for when they find out just how crazy you are 😊! All the best and goodbye for now.”

 

45“Is it selfish for me to want you to stay? Even if it is, I don’t care. You made my days here so much brighter and I envy all those new people who’ll now have you to themselves. I miss you. You’re more than just a coworker…you’re a dear friend. Goodbye and all the best.”

 

46“Your departure will forever alter the atmosphere here. We take heart, though, knowing that amid this painful goodbye, you are one step closer to the future you have envisioned for yourself. Take good care and all the best on your journey.”

 

47“Good coworkers are hard to come by, so watching you go isn’t easy. I know wherever you go, you’ll add spark and flair. Godspeed and good bye.”

 

48“Coworker to coworker, please check if there are any vacancies at your new job…working here is going to be unbearable without you 😊.”

 

49“Telling you goodbye is like sending my kids off to college…so bittersweet. I’m glad you’ve finally landed the job you want, but a selfish part of me just wants to keep you here with me. After all, you’re more than just a coworker – you’re family. All the best!”

 

50“You put the ‘co’ in coworker. I can’t imagine having to walk by your empty desk each day, or to see it filled by some cheap imitation of you. It was a pleasure learning from you and collaborating with you. Congrats on the new job, goodbye for now and all the best!”

 

Concluding thoughts on goodbye messages to coworkers

Goodbye messages to coworkers in a farewell card do not need to be long. As long as you speak from the heart, anything you write in your goodbye messages will be well received.
 

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Guide: Goodbye Email to Colleagues (With Examples)

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Farewell wishes

Best wishes farewell

Remembering you and the impact you've made to our company. We all want to say goodbye and good luck!
It has been a great pleasure working with a colleague like you. Now, you are off to your next big challenge! Good luck and farewell!
So sorry to see you go, boss, and we'll sure miss you. We wish you all the best for the future!
You was the best co-worker anyone could ever wish for! These are exciting changes, and I'm sure you will meet the challenges in new job with your usual optimism. You will certainly be missed here.
You have been a much appreciated and highly regarded asset to this company. Good luck in all your ventures!
Nobody can do your job quite like you! How will we ever make things work around here without you? Our whole team will miss you. Farewell and best wishes!
Good luck to a wonderful Boss! It was wonderful working with you. We'll miss you and wish you well!
It sounds like an exciting opportunity for you, but I still can't believe you are leaving! I'm looking forward to hearing all about it soon! Good luck!
You've been great to work with and you've left your mark with us. Now it's time to relax and enjoy! Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement.

Goodbye best wishes

We're sad you're leaving the company. You were a wonderful coworker. Goodbye and good luck!
It is sad to see you leave. The office won't be the same without you. Best wishes on your new endeavors.
It's been an absolute pleasure working with you. Missing you already and wishing you every success!
Farewell to one great employee. Your hard work and dedication were an important part of our team. As you turn the page in your life's story, we join together in wishing you every success in all your future endeavors.
It's really hard to say goodbye, to such a colleague and a friend. All my good wishes are with you!
It was a pleasure working with you and your loss will be greatly felt. Thank you for your time and dedication while you worked for us. Best wishes as you embark on a new challenge.
It is sad that you are moving, and we're wishing you much happiness in your new place. Good luck and stay in touch!
We'll miss your bright and cheerful face around here. Wish you much happiness in all that you pursue! Let us know where the road takes you.

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Goodbye Email to Coworkers & Why You Need Them [10+ Examples]

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Since the last post on Saying Goodbye to coworkers, there have been quite a few requests on providing some sample goodbye letters to co-workers and manager. So here is a compilation of some recommended ones, and one ‘on the lighter side’ – the ‘one’ that has traveled around the world through Emails.

Some Important Tips before you say Goodbye to work:

  • When to send the goodbye Email?
    Once you are done with wrapping up all your tasks. Preferably, on the last day at work or the day before. Once this Email goes out, quite possibly many of your colleagues would be coming over to say a personal adieu and you might also want some time to chat with them. Make sure you are done with all your tasks at hand before sending out the mass email.
  • Make it personal.
    Add a few lines on how someone (refer to names of those who you wish to endorse) had helped you during your tenure in the organization and graciously thank all, even though there could be some you would not want to. And take the “personal” to another level, if you have time before you have to pack your belongings and leave the office, go and meet your co-workers before you leave, some of them might find it awkward (and some times a strange guilt trancends those who witness a layoff) and they might not have the courage to come say bye to you. Give your adieu a personal touch. You may even add a few stories of your (good) experience with the team, the company or the culture.. a subtle humor would work as well.
  • Make it easy for your colleagues to contact you.
    Always add your personal contact numbers and/ email address to stay in touch here after.
  • CC yourself on the goodbye letter (on your personal Email ID so those who want to respond back find it easier to do so) and more so for your personal records.
  • Strengthen your network.
    If you have already not done so, invite your co-workers and those you would want to stay in touch to LinkedIn.

Sample Emails Letters from Employees Bidding Adieu to Colleagues

 

Hello All,
I want to bid farewell to you all and inform you that I am leaving my position at []. Tomorrow is my last day at work.
I have enjoyed working for this company and I appreciate having had this wonderful opportunity to work with you all.
During these last two years you all have provided me support and through your encouragement and guidance I have been able to excel at the projects offered to me. With many of you, I have shared a unique camaraderie which I hope will continue in the years to come even though I shall not be here with the company. I now look forward to this new position that brings forth new challenges and adds more diverse experience to my career.

I do wish you and the company every success in all its future endeavors.

You can be in touch with me by

Email – [email protected]

Or call me at (123 456 7890)

Also, I would like to add you to my LinkedIn profile, if you would as well, please do accept the invitation. I shall be sending you requests to join my LinkedIn network soon.

With best regards,

[ ]

Dear All,
After a year of exciting and memorable stint with [ ], I am bidding adieu next week to this company to pursue other career opportunities. As I move on, I would like to take a moment to remember and cherish our times together. It’s been great interacting and knowing each one of you. Even though I will miss you all here I am looking forward to this new challenge and to start a new phase of my career.

This is not a goodbye, only “hasta luego” or “see you later”.

Do stay in touch.

My personal contacts are:
Email ([email protected])
Contact phone number (123 456 7890).

Please do drop in a note with your personal contacts to my mail id.
Good luck and wish you all the best in your endeavors!

Best regards,
[ ]

Sample Farewell Email from Employee to Manager

 

Hi John,

As I informed you in our meeting last week, my last working day at ABC is next Friday, Sept. 29th. I want to take a few minutes today to convey my thoughts in being part of your team for the last 2 years.

I have been extremely satisfied with my work at ABC, working under your guidance has been a learning and an enjoyable experience. I thank you for your support and encouragement during these two years.

However, I feel that it is time for me to move on to new opportunities. This decision was not an easy one and it took a lot of consideration. I think this decision is in the best interests towards fulfilling my career goals. I want to do my best in completing my existing responsibilities and then ensuring a smooth transition.

Also, I would like to thank you again, Amy, Andrew, and all others for the help and guidance during all these years of my employment, and would like to extend my best wishes to the entire group.

My personal contacts are:
Email ([email protected])
Contact phone number (123 456 7890).
Please feel free to contact me even later on in case you need help with the transition of my responsibilties to another employee.

Sincerely,
[ ]

A Manager’s Goodbye Email to his/her Team

 

Dear Team,
As I informed you all in the last meeting, I am moving on to a new challenging position in another company next week. My last working day is Friday, January 25th.
Today I want to take the opportunity to thank you all for being a great team to work with all these years.
It has been an amazing working with you all these last three years and I will miss your enthusiasm, perseverance, and the ‘never say die’ spirit and of course the talent that you brought to our group. I thank you for all your support throughout and hope you continue to extend your cooperation to the current leadership teams and the succeeding manager. I wish you all, my fellow partners and everyone in the larger XYZ family, all the very best.

Do not hesitate to contact me at: [email protected].

With best wishes,
[ ]

A Creative Effort

Chethak from India is the fearless hero who planned his escape from the cubicle in a creative style. I guess many colleagues would remember this creative example for long. Thanks to Chethak for this contribution. (Click the image below to view larger).

On the Lighter Side

This is a classic one – though not recommended in any way (this email has made its way through the email chain letters all across the world).
It is always recommended to depart on good terms and not get in the name calling or accusations when writing your farewell email. But some people have an amazing knack to coat a venomous email in slick sugar which eventually brings smiles to all and becomes a classic. Enjoy… but do not copy and paste for your own farewell email!

Keep in mind the tips shared before onSaying Goodbye to Work – The Right Way

Dear Co-Workers and Managers,

As many of you probably know, today is my last day. But before I leave, I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what a great and distinct pleasure it has been to type “Today is my last day.”

For nearly as long as I’ve worked here, I’ve hoped that I might one day leave this company. And now that this dream has become a reality, please know that I could not have reached this goal without your unending lack of support. Words cannot express my gratitude for the words of gratitude you did not express.

I would especially like to thank all of my managers both past and present but with the exception of the wonderful Mr. ABC: in an age where miscommunication is all too common, you consistently impressed and inspired me with the sheer magnitude of your misinformation, ignorance and intolerance for true talent. It takes a strong man to admit his mistake – it takes a stronger man to attribute his mistake to me.

Over the past seven years, you have taught me more than I could ever ask for and, in most cases, ever did ask for. I have been fortunate enough to work with some absolutely interchangeable supervisors on a wide variety of seemingly identical projects – an invaluable lesson in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium in overcoming daily tedium.

And to most of my peers: even though we barely acknowledged each other within these office walls, I hope that in the future, should we pass on the street, you will regard me the same way as I regard you: sans eye contact.

But to those few souls with whom I’ve actually interacted, here are my personalized notes of farewell:

To [ ], I will not miss hearing you cry over absolutely nothing while laying blame on me and my coworkers. Your racial comments about [ ] were truly offensive and I hope that one day you might gain the strength to apologize to him.

To [ ] whom is long gone, I hope you find a manager that treats you as poorly as you have treated us. I worked harder for you then any manager in my career and I regret every ounce of it. Watching you take credit for my work was truly demoralizing.

To [ ], you should learn how to keep your mouth shut sweet heart. Bad mouthing the innocent is a negative thing, especially when you’re talking about someone who knows your disgusting secrets.

To [ ], well, I wish you had more of a back bone. You threw me to the wolves with that witch B and I learned all too much from it. I still can’t believe that after following your instructions, I ended up getting written up, wow. Thanks for the experience buddy, lesson learned.

[ ], I’m happy that you were let go in the same manner that you have handed down to my dedicated coworkers. Hearing you on the phone last year brag about how great bonuses were going to be for you fellas in upper management because all of the lay offs made me nearly vomit. I never expected to see management benefit financially from the suffering of scores of people but then again, with this company’s rooted history in the slave trade it only makes sense.

To all of the executives of this company, [ ] and such. Despite working through countless managers that practiced unethical behavior, racism, sexism, jealousy and cronyism, I have benefited tremendously by working here and I truly thank you for that. There was once a time where hard work was rewarded and acknowledged, it’s a pity that all of our positive output now falls on deaf ears and passes blind eyes. My advice for you is to place yourself closer to the pulse of this company and enjoy the effort and dedication of us “faceless little people” more. There are many great people that are being over worked and mistreated but yet are still loyal not to those who abuse them but to the greater mission of providing excellent customer support. Find them and embrace them as they will help battle the cancerous plague that is ravishing the moral of this company.

So, in parting, if I could pass on any word of advice to the lower salary recipient (“because it’s good for the company”) in India or Tampa who will soon be filling my position, it would be to cherish this experience because a job opportunity like this comes along only once in a lifetime.

Meaning: if I had to work here again in this lifetime, I would sooner kill myself.

To those who I have held a great relationship with, I will miss being your co-worker and will cherish our history together.

Please don’t bother responding as at this very moment I am most likely in my car doing 85 with the windows down.

One!

Your demands were high and your patience short, but I take great solace knowing that my work was, as stated on my annual review, “meets expectation.” That is the type of praise that sends a man home happy after a 10 hour day, smiling his way through half a bottle of meets-expectation-scotch with a meets-expectation-cigar. Thanks [ ]!

 

And then, there are some:

A video that went viral, Shifrin quits her job from a Taiwanese company that produces news videos with a video showing the reasons for her quitting: (oh well, decide for yourself if at all this is worth it, would you?)

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