Retirement Thank You Notes From The Retiree To Boss Or Coworkers

When you retire from your job, you may want to write a thank you message or letter to your boss or coworkers.

This type of note is similar to writing a farewell message. However, when retiring, the note’s tone may feel different since you are leaving the workforce instead of changing jobs. 

The sample messages below are from the retiree to the boss or coworkers. Please see this post if you want to see messages written to the retiring person. 

These examples are NOT for notifying your employer of your retirement. Instead, the goal of this article is to help you say thank you as you depart (after you have given your notice and have a retirement date). 

If you want to maintain friendships with coworkers after you retire, RetiresGreat says that it will take work on your part. Providing your contact information is good, but you may need to be the one making an effort and reaching out to those that you want to remain friends with.  According to Retirement Voices, many work friend relationships will drift away once you are no longer working together.

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Email vs Handwritten Retirement Thank You Note Considerations

I like handwritten notes and usually recommend them. A thank you note that is emailed may not feel quite as personal or memorable. 

However, if you, the boss, or whoever you want to thank is working remotely, asking for their home address may feel awkward. So, an email thank you will be just fine!

If you are working at a location, handwritten notes or letters can be handed to the recipients. 

Also, when saying goodbye and thanking coworkers that you do not know quite as well, you may want to send a group email.  If you have not worked with someone closely, you may have a hard time thanking them specifically for anything, so a general thank you message is okay and still acknowledges your working relationship with them.

If you decided on handwritten notes, when choosing the note card or stationary, you could use this opportunity to choose a card design that represents you. For example, if you love cats, you could choose a cat design. Or, if you plan to do lots of golfing once retired, choose a golf-themed note card.

Retirement Thank You Letter Template

Person’s Name, (omit for group email)

Thank you for…..[express why you are saying thank you]. [Remember specific is better than general thank you]. 

Share a compliment or memory (optional). 

Review the examples here if you also need to thank you for a retirement party or gift (you can add wording from those examples to your letter).

Provide contact information (if you want the person to have it). 

Sincerely,

Your Name

Note: Words in [brackets] can be replaced as needed for your note or letter. 

Example Retirement Thank You Letter To Boss #1 

Dear Randy,

As I retiree, I want to thank you for all the years that you were a wonderful boss.

I appreciate the guidance and mentoring you provided as I grew in my career as a programmer. The training class you recommended changed my life for the better. I learned to love programming, and with your help, I was able to give my best to [company name]

Also, I have enjoyed our friendship and hope we can stay in touch once I’m retired. 

Here is my contact information:

Personal Email Address

Phone number

Mailing address

Sincerely,

Heidi 

Example Retirement Thank You Letter To Boss #2 (including party)

Dear Elwood,

My retirement is finally here! I am ever so grateful that you’ve been my boss for the past few years. Working for you has been a pleasure. I feel fortunate that I was assigned to your team with our work ethic and goals being so similar. It made getting to my retirement feel easy. 

I am also grateful for the flexibility I was granted whenever I needed to take time off for sick kids and the other times when my family needed to come first. 

I was very surprised by the retirement party that you organized for me! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to say goodbye to the team in a fun way. 

Please keep in touch! My phone number is ###-###-####. 

Sincerely,

Jake

Example Retirement Thank You Letter To Boss #3 (including party and gift)

Crystal,

Thank you for being a great boss. For many years you’ve been an excellent listener whenever problems came up. Your ability to problem solve and keep the team united is amazing.

With my retirement day just around the corner, I wanted you to know that I appreciate you. I know being the boss isn’t always easy!

Also, thank you for the retirement [what the gift was].  [Add sentence about the gift].

The retirement party for me was special. I was surprised by how many people came from my past projects and teams. Having a chance to interact with everyone and wish everyone the best was the perfect way to end my career with [company name].

Sincerely,

John

Example Retirement Thank You Letter To Supervisor #4 (including party and gift)

[Name],

Thank you for being such a wonderful supervisor. You’ve always been a great listener whenever a situation arose throughout the years. 

With my retirement approaching, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you. You helped me improve my skills and grow in my career. 

I will remember you by the retirement picture frame. The saying on it is perfect for me! 

And the retirement party was awesome. The number of people that came from previous projects and teams astounded me. It was the ideal way to end my time with [business name] because I was able to see everyone again. 

Best regards,

[Your Name]

Example Retirement Thank You Letter To  Coworker – Individual #1

Bob,

I have enjoyed working with you over the years. You’ve probably heard by now that I am retiring and my last day will be next Friday.

I want to thank you for all of your collaboration on the [project name]. Our different perspectives and being able to work through possible solutions helped make the end product better. I will miss our in-depth discussions about [topic].

And, I appreciate how you are always willing to help me or anyone that needs help with [skill/topic]. 

I want to stay in touch during my retirement. So let’s plan to meet up for lunch in a couple of months. [Provide a phone number if the person doesn’t have it already.]

All the best,

Julie

Example Retirement Thank You Letter To  Coworker – Individual #2 (with gift)

Karen,

I am looking forward to retiring next week! Before I go,  I want to let you know that I appreciate how creative you are and your kindness to everyone. You are the best coworker.

Also, thank you for the gift card to [restaurant name]. You are also a great listener remembering how much I like [type of food].

I am going to miss chatting with you as we did most days while working. So let’s try to stay in touch. 

All the best,

Melissa

Example Retirement Thank You Letter To Coworkers – Group Email  #1

Hello,

As you may know already, I am retiring next week! My last day will be on the 15th.

You’ve been wonderful coworkers, and I want to thank you for the time we’ve spent working together.

While I will miss the team, I don’t think I am going to miss working!

If you ever want to get together or chat, my phone number is [list phone number]. Feel free to text or call.

Kind regards,

Buster

Example Retirement Thank You Letter To Coworkers – Group Email  #2 (with party)

Dear team,

Can you believe that I am finally retiring after # years? I’m thankful that we ended up on the same team for the last few years.

Getting to know all of you and working together has been a delight. I appreciate the friendship we have and hope to stay in touch for years to come.  My personal email address is [email address].

Also,  thank you for having a retirement party for me! The cake was delicious, and it was fun hearing some of you share your favorite memories of working with me.

Kind regards,

Joe

Example Retirement Thank You Letter To Coworkers – Group Email  #3 (with party)

Hello all,

It’s been a pleasure getting to know all of you and working with you. As I retire, I want you to know that I value our friendship and hope we can keep in touch for many years to come. 

Thank you also for throwing me a retirement party! I really appreciated that someone remembered that I prefer pie to cake. The apple pie was delicious

My personal email address is [email address], and my phone number is 999-999-9999. Feel free to text or call sometime! 

All the best,

[Your Name]

Example Retirement Thank You Letter To Coworkers – Group Email  #4

This note could be for a large number of people. Or if you want to be polite about your retirement but don’t really want to thank them for anything (not everyone has great coworkers.)

Hello,

My time as being your coworker will end soon as I retire on Friday. I’ve had a wonderful experience working with you and wish you all the best for your future.

Provide contact information only if you want to, as not everyone wants to maintain friendships with coworkers.

Best Regards,

[Your Name]

Example Retirement Thank You Letter To Colleagues – Group Email  #5

This note includes an invitation for your coworkers to provide you with their contact information. 

Hello,

I hope you saw the announcement about my upcoming retirement on [date].  I’ve had a great time working with you and wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

If you’d like to stay in touch, please reply with your personal contact information.

Best Regards,

[Your Name]

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About The Author
Heidi has been writing thank you notes for more thank 30 years and is the author of A Modern Guide to Writing Thank-You Notes. Her goal is to help people write better thank-you notes by providing tips and examples.