How to Write a Goodbye Email or Letter to Co-workers: Example and Writing Tips

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Why should you say goodbye to your colleagues and your manager?

There are several reasons why it’s important to say goodbye to your colleagues and your manager when you’re leaving a job. First, it’s a professional and courteous way to acknowledge the relationships and experiences that you have had with these individuals. Saying farewell can help to maintain good relations and to leave on a positive note.

Second, saying goodbye can provide an opportunity for you to thank your colleagues and your manager for their support and guidance during your time at the company. This can help to show appreciation for the value of your time with the company, and to reinforce the positive aspects of your experience.

Writing the Perfect Goodbye Email to Your Coworkers

Writing a goodbye email to your coworkers can be an emotional experience. Saying goodbye is never easy, and it's important to remember to stay professional and maintain your composure as you write the email / card / letter.

  1. Start off by expressing your appreciation for the time spent together and how grateful you’re for the opportunity to collaborate with such amazing colleagues.
  2. Reflect on some of the personal connections you formed with them - perhaps jokes shared in the office or a team breakfast that stands out in your memory.
  3. Finally, mention an open invitation for keeping connected either through social media or future visits. It's essential to let everyone know that you value their friendship and still care about them, even though circumstances necessitate leaving the company.
  4. At last, add a short heartfelt goodbye message that conveys your best wishes for future endeavours. Taking some time to create this memorable email will ensure both yourself and your colleagues will look back fondly on shared memories together.

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Goodbye Letter for Co-Workers (following a resignation)


Dear (current employer),

I would hereby like to formally notify you of my departure from (current company name) and my position as (name of position). I have accepted a job opportunity to start with (new company name) on (date).

I have over the past (amount of time) greatly enjoyed my position here at (name of company) and would like to thank you for having believed in me and given me the opportunity to spread my wings with the challenges that were expected of me.

I will miss my work environment here where everyone has always been so warm and a pleasure to work with, but I feel that I am at a stage in my career where I need to experience new challenges and explore new opportunities.

Please stay in touch, my personal contact details remain at your disposal, I can be reached via my personal email (

Once again, thank you for everything,

All the best,

Farewell Email Saying Goodbye to Colleagues and Manager

Dear Coworkers, Dear Friends,

Writing this goodbye email is bittersweet for me as I am leaving a job that I deeply enjoyed and having to say goodbye to all the wonderful colleagues. I have truly appreciated the opportunity to work with such a talented and dedicated team.

I am grateful for the friendships that I have made and the lessons that I have learned while working at [Company]. I will always look back on my time here with fondness.

During my time here, I have learned so much from everyone – things I could have never imagined learning before and have become a better employee because of it.

Despite being at different points on our paths, where we are all going and what we are doing next, I wish each of you success in the future.

Thank you all for not just investing your time but also contributing towards making me an experienced professional that I am today. It has been an incredible journey and I will cherish these memories forever.

I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition for the company. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to assist with outstanding projects or tasks.

You can stay in touch with me after I leave the company by email at [Email Address] or on LinkedIn at [LinkedIn Profile].


[Your Name]

Simple Note Before Leaving the Company

Dear Friends,

As most of you know by now, I will be leaving ________ on ________.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support as a team over the years and to have created a very pleasurable environment to work in.

I will miss all of my colleagues greatly and indeed the managing staff.

Although it was a tough decision to make, I think that taking the time out to spend with my family is something very important.

I hope you will all keep in touch and also that you will join me for some farewell drinks in _______ on __________.

I've left my contact details on the office notice board.

Thanks again for everything.

Yours truly,

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