When your boss retires you may want to send them a personal letter to wish them well in their retirement, or maybe you’ve been chosen to write a letter on behalf of the team? The letter needs to be personal, heartfelt and genuine. Depending how well you know your boss the letter can be very informal, or if they are a nice but more formal boss, then that should be reflected in the tone of the letter too.
Any retirement letter will be very personal to the individual boss, so the following are just sample ideas of how you could write one yourself – just remember to make it genuine.
Letter to a retiring boss – sample 1
(Informal and personal)
Dear [first name]
So you’re finally going! Before your last day, I just wanted to put down in words how much I have enjoyed working with you over the last [number] of years. When I started at [company name] I was a nervous [age] year old, but you took the time to make me feel welcome and made sure that I was able to fulfill my role to the best of my ability.
You took an interest in my career and helped me to progress to the position I’m in now through mentoring me and making sure the right training was put in place to help me. I really appreciate all your help.
Although I will miss you, I’m thrilled that you can now take the time to do things for yourself whenever you want to. Are you actually going to travel Europe in your motorhome as you kept saying you would? I really hope so. But whatever you do in your retirement I hope you will enjoy it and occasionally think back to your time with [company name] with fondness.
Good luck in everything you do.
Letter to a retiring boss – sample 2
(On behalf of a team)
Dear [boss’s name]
On behalf of all of us in [team name], we would like to wish you all the best in your retirement.
You have been a great boss to us all, not only taking an interest in our personal lives but also encouraging us to be the best we can be at work. We all fondly remember [mention some event that took place e.g. our Team Away Day when you abseiled first down that cliff face whilst screaming non stop, which made us all laugh].
We hope you have a fantastic retirement and get to do all the things you’ve been wanting to do but haven’t had the time for.
We will miss you.
[All team members sign individually if this is a letter, ot write individual names if an email]