Retirement Thank You Notes To The Retiring Boss, Employee, or Coworker

There are two kinds of retirement thank you messages. First, there are messages for the retiree and messages from the retiring person.

This article is for thank you notes and messages sent to the retiring person. There are example messages from the retiree here.

Also, these messages are to help you say thank you to the retiree. You can see a long list of retirement cards messages (most of them do not include a thank you) here

Your messages can be a short note, or a longer letter is fine if you have a lot to say. The examples and tips will help you say goodbye to the person that is retiring.

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What to say to someone that is retiring

Here are some suggestions on what to include when writing a thank you note to someone that is retiring.  If you do not know the person well, you can use some suggested phrases to reply to a retirement announcement towards the end of this article.

  • A thank you message. This could be for contributions to the team, company, etc. can be mentioned. Most people appreciate when their efforts are recognized.  Or, for a coworker, you can thank them for their mentoring,  help, kindness, etc.
  • Include compliments. Saying “great boss” or “great coworker ” is nice, but your note will feel more memorable if you can share what made them a great boss, coworker, or employee. Details make thank you notes better! You may also see example for thanking your boss here and your coworker here. The examples below mention retirement. 
  • Wish them a happy retirement! You can mention their favorite activities they plan to do (if you know what they are).
  • Shared Interests. If you connected at work due to a shared interest (hobby, cats, TV programs, etc.) you can mention how much you enjoyed your conversations about it. 
  • Provide contact info, if you want to stay in touch. Actually staying in touch will likely depend on your relationship with the person entering retirement. If you didn’t have much of a friendship while working, it’s unlikely that a friendship will be maintained after you are no longer seeing or interacting with the person at work. Friendships can be for a reason, season, or lifetime.  

Retiree Template Thank You Note

[Name],

As you retiree, I want to thank you for all of your contributions to [team/project/company]. [Briefly describe a  useful contribution].

[optional second and third paragraphs]

If you’d like to stay in touch with me, my contact information is:

Phone Number

Email

Social Media Accounts

[Include only the contact information you want to share]

I wish you all the best as you retiree,

[Your Name]

For more info on how to write thank-you notes read Thank You Notes in 5 Easy Steps!

To the Boss from Employee #1

Bill,

Thank you for being a great boss! Working on your team was a joy.

The way you assigned the work always seemed fair. And I liked how easy it was to bring up any issues with you as you were quick to find a resolution (when possible).

The team huddles are going to feel different without your sense of humor to start the day off.

If you’d like to get together sometime, my email address is [your email address].

Enjoy your retirement,

Heidi

To the Boss from Employee #2

Jake,

Thank you for being such a wonderful boss! I appreciate your kindness and your willingness to hear new ideas from anyone on the team.

And, I am grateful that you brought new opportunities to me (and others) when you saw a good fit. I’ve been so happy since I moved over to [the other department].

I will miss working with you and wish you all the best as you retire.

Sincerely,

Elwood

To the Boss from Employee #3

[Boss’s Name],

You were the best boss ever! I am thankful to have worked on your team. Your integrity and dedication were an excellent example to all.

I hope you can do lots more golfing in your retirement. Our golf team for the company’s annual charity event will not be the same without you.

Perhaps, we can meet up at the driving range sometime. You have my number!

All the best,

[Your  Name]

From Boss to Employee #1

[Employee’s Name],

I want to thank you for your [#] years of service at [Company Name] as you retire. Your dedication and work on [project/task] are very much appreciated. And your improvements to [tool/process] helped increase usage and profitability.

Also, everyone on the team is going to miss having you around. Your kindness and willingness to help others made you a great asset to the team. 

I hope you can do everything you dreamed of doing once retired.

If you ever want to get in touch, my phone number is 333-333-3333.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

From Boss to Employee #2

[Employee’s Name],

As you prepare to leave [Company Name] for your retirement, I’d like to express my gratitude for your [#] years of service. Your commitment to the team, company and all the projects was unnoticed.

You were a well-liked team member because of your friendliness and eagerness to serve others. I’ve had many people tell me how much they will miss you after you retiree.

I am excited for you and wish you all the best. I hope you can enjoy your [hobbies] every day!

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

From Boss to Employee #3

[Employee’s Name],

I want to offer my gratitude for all of your work over the years as you retire. 

Also, your participation in the special process improvement groups was greatly appreciated. Your knowledge and experience definitely helped influence how we do our work for the better.

Thank you for being a friend to me as well. I enjoyed being able to discuss work and [politics] with you on a nearly daily basis.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

Coworker to Coworker  #1

[Name],

I really liked working with you over the years.

My email address is [put your email address here]. If you ever want to get together after you retire, feel free to reach out. I am going to miss you and wish you all the best in your retirement.

[Your Name]

Coworker to Coworker  #2

Ben,

I was excited to learn of your upcoming retirement. Before you go, I want to thank you for all the help you’ve given me over the years. You were the expert in [program/topic] that I relied on the most. I appreciate all of the knowledge you shared and for all of your tips.

Soon, all your days will feel like the weekend! I hope you are able to do everything that you desire once you’ve retired.

Sincerely,

Bob

Coworker to Coworker  #3

Lucy,

Before your retirement begins, I’d like to express my gratitude for all of your assistance over the years. Working together with you during the busy periods made the overtime easier to handle.

I loved how we connected once we discovered how much we both like cats. Of course, I will continue to follow your cats on Instagram once you are done working.

Let’s plan to get together in a month or so. I look forward to hearing how retirement is treating you!

[Note: contact information not provided here, as the two people know each other well and already have each other’s personal phone numbers].

Sincerely,

Violet

One or two-line responses to a retirement announcement

Sometimes you may need a quick reply when you receive an email announcing someone’s retirement. It’s possible that you may not know them well and have nothing to thank them for. However, you can still acknowledge their retirement.

  • Congratulations on retiring!
  • I wish you all the best and will miss seeing you around the office.
  • Thanks for everything you did for [company name]. Your contributions will be missed.
  • Congrats on your upcoming retirement. I am excited for you!
  • Thank you for setting a great example for the [company] for so many years.  Congratulations on your retirement!
  • Congrats!
  • Congratulations!
  • Happy Retirement!  You can also review this list of things to say instead of happy retirement.

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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.