60+ Retirement Messages For Coworkers: Best Farewell Words

Christina J Colclough

By Christina Colclough

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Retirement is an important turning point in a person’s life, which signifies the conclusion of their incredible career and the start of a new one full of leisure, travel, and hobbies. When a colleague is set to retire, it’s a wonderful time to let them know how much you value them and wish them well in the future. Here are some samples of retirement farewell messages to coworkers for your reference!

Retirement Messages

How To Create A Sincere Retirement Message To A Colleague

Congratulation On The Retirement

Begin by congratulating the retiree from the bottom of your heart. The retiree deserves celebration regardless of whether they are taking an early retirement or have worked for their official date.

Many sacrifices, dedication, and the capacity for disappointment management are required when working. It is therefore sufficient to provide a brief note of heartfelt congratulations.

Highlight Their Achievements And Characteristics

Every dedicated worker takes satisfaction in their accomplishments. Acknowledging the retiree’s achievements is a useful method to demonstrate to them the importance and value they provide to the company.

You can also highlight what you like most about them, maybe it’s their characteristics, quirkiness, fun personally, etc. Complimenting on who they are as a person is a great way to make your message more touching.

Mention Fond Memories

We love hearing people share their favorite anecdotes about their soon-to-be retirees, so please share one of yours. It might be a recollection of a memorable camping trip you had with them, an instance when you witnessed them going above and beyond to ensure a project at work succeeded, or a significant chat you had with them! Anything that comes to your mind works!

The most delightful thing about favorite tales or cherished memories is how diverse they can be. Take pleasure in crafting a retirement letter highlighting your retiree’s lasting influence.

Express Your Feelings

Take a moment to express your genuine feelings towards the retiree. Be honest and forthright about your feelings, whether they be ones of appreciation, loss, or thankfulness. Inform the retiree of the positive influence they have had on both your life and the lives of others.

Add Humor Appropriately

Humor gives the retiree a positive impression that lasts longer and helps them remember your heartfelt message. Put a nice smile on your coworker’s face with some jokes if you were close to them and had a deep understanding of them and how they like to be teased.

Still, you must be aware that not all jokes are appropriate. These circumstances should restrict humor.

  • When you don’t know the retiree well
  • When you are aware that the retiree lacks a good sense of humor
  • When making jokes about aging, fragility, and impending death that are meant to be delicate

You may avoid sending the wrong impression by using caution in these circumstances and employing humor sparingly.

Retirement Messages For Colleagues

Thank Someone For Their Time

Simple Retirement Wishes For Coworkers

  1. Getting a chance to work with someone as wonderful as you has been an absolute blessing. I hope you have a joyous retirement! Though we shall miss you, we will never forget you.
  2. You are the type of person that makes people want to be their greatest selves! I appreciate all you have done. Wish you a prosperous and happy life.
  3. It’s time to unwind and relish your retirement after years of tireless labor at the workplace. Farewell and good luck!
  4. I shall sincerely miss you. As you continue with your official retirement, I’m excited to stay in touch with you.
  5. Retirement is an exciting time to say goodbye to a comfortable stage of life and hello to the exciting new one you have always wanted. I hope your retirement is joyful.
  6. I am really happy for you since you are starting an everlasting holiday today. I’m hoping for the best for you.
  7. It was a wild journey throughout your amazing career. We have had difficult moments as well as happier times. Observe who made it now! Regarding your retirement, congratulations!
  8.  Cheers to your retirement—an endless vacation! Congratulations! 
  9. You are about to retire! I’m mainly delighted for you. Congrats!
  10. It’s time to kick back, decompress, and savor the rewards of years of hard work. I hope you have many happy years of well-earned rest, leisure, and tranquility in retirement. You merit it!
  11. The time after retirement is ideal for pursuing your hobbies and aspirations. I hope your retirement is a happy time when you may travel to your heart’s content, take up new hobbies, and make wonderful memories.
  12. Retirement is about more than simply quitting your job; it’s about finding new interests, pastimes, and goals that will make your blessed life more fulfilling and enjoyable.

Retirement Wishes For Female Coworkers

  1. Your departure will leave a permanent mark on the workplace, but we are confident that your retirement will fulfill all of your dreams.
  2. You’ve been a compassionate friend, a shoulder to cry on, and an outstanding role model for us. Nobody is more deserving of a comfortable retirement than you.
  3. Your happy disposition is what makes work so much more enjoyable! You are dearly missed and will always be cherished!
  4. Nobody could ever take your place. We wish you a happy retirement and a broad, grateful grin every day.
  5. Moving on to the next adventure, sis! I’m eager to see what more you accomplish.
  6. I weep every time I say goodbye. Still, I hope you have a pleasant last impression of me. Wish you all the best in life!
  7. What a treasure you are! I will always appreciate our wonderful working relationship. Have fun with your retirement!
  8. We are really grateful for the tremendous amount of work you have put out. You deserve to relax for the rest of your life. We shall miss you a ton.
  9. When I came into this office, you were open and welcomed me. You have been my cheering mentor ever since. I am so grateful for all of your help and encouragement. Have a wonderful resting time!
  10. You are deserving of such a wonderful retirement. Even though you have done so much for us and the company over the years, we are pleased for you! We shall all miss you very much. I hope you have an amazing retirement.
  11. You have motivated us with your commitment, tenacity, and professionalism throughout your remarkable career. We appreciate you being an inspiration to all of us and establishing a high standard. Have a wonderful retirement!
  12. It’s difficult to say farewell to a fantastic colleague such as yourself. Although we are sorry to see you depart, we are happy that you may now enjoy retirement and set off on new experiences. Greetings and farewell!

Short Retirement Wishes

  1. Have fun when you retire! The good times are about to start! Best wishes to you!
  2. Relaxing retirement is finally here! Enjoy yourself!
  3. Congratulations on your retirement! It’s time to pursue long-forgotten aspirations.
  4. Warm regards to my beloved coworker. I hope you enjoy your retirement years.
  5. Best wishes to you! Put your feet up and relish your retirement!
  6. Yes, you may now unofficially unwind. Cheers to your retirement!
  7. May your journey be filled with prosperity, well-being, and health!
  8. May you get all you wish for in this next phase of your life.
  9. Cheers to your retirement! Have fun on your well-earned vacation.
  10. Best wishes! We really hope you have a great time during your retirement!
  11. Your retirement wings are well deserved! Let’s go on an exciting excursion!
  12. We are honoring you today. Miss you already! Enjoy your time!
  13. No more work days! You’re off to a great start! Congrats!

Happy Retirement Messages

  1. It’s finally paid off after all your hard work! Savor the opportunity to pursue all of your life’s goals.
  2. I hope your future is filled with joy and plenty of time to spend with your loved ones, friends, and hobbies.
  3. Retirement does not imply a loss of chances. Retired life entails engaging in all the activities you were unable to do when work got in the way. Take advantage of the time and do everything you want.
  4. I’m glad you will still be my wonderful friend even if I won’t be able to work with you anymore. Retire with pleasure!
  5. Remember to work as hard at unwinding as you did for us now that you’re retired! As a friend and colleague, you’ve been fantastic. Wishing you an amazing retirement!
  6. The countdown is now complete! You succeeded! You’re going to be sorely missed. I hope your retirement is filled with adventures, leisure, and lots of great reading!
  7. Your ability to inspire and encourage people to reach their full potential has always been admirable. We hope you have a happy and healthy retirement!
  8. Good news! You’ve retired. Go now and enjoy yourself. We wish you nothing but happiness. Just don’t be a stranger, okay?
  9. You are more than just a colleague. You are now one of my dearest friends! Enjoy your retirement, and be happy!
  10.  You are definitely on the list of my favorite coworkers. My heart aches to cling to you. I wish you all the happiness in the world!

Funny Retirement Quotes

  1. Congratulations on escaping the clutches of gainful employment! Now, go forth and become a professional napper.
  2. To your retirement, cheers! So, where are we going to travel first?
  3. Do you really believe you are old enough to have a retirement? I don’t think so. Best wishes!
  4. Don’t forget we have reports and meetings at 10 AM this morning! Just kidding! Now is your time to put them out of your memory. Cheers to your retirement!
  5. That’s it, then? That’s how you’re leaving us, exactly? Okay, well done!
  6. Investing in leisure and happiness returns are now your new KPIs. Retire with pleasure! 
  7. As you retire, let’s raise a toast! I mean, I’ll drink pretty much anything, but it doesn’t make me any less pleased for you.
  8. Remember to visit your old pal whenever your bed and living room start to grow dull!
  9. Congratulations, you’ve just become your own boss! Be easy on yourself!
  10.  Your new quarterly goal is to avoid doing anything that appears labor-intensive! I’m glad you’re retiring! Good for you!
  11.  Best wishes! You left for retirement before I did! I’ll make an effort not to hold grudges.
  12.  Retirement means living a carefree, unemployed life. Best wishes! 
  13.  One of our department’s chatty yet amazing employees is now retired. That most likely translates into more productivity as well as greater ennui. Without a doubt, we shall miss you. 
  14.  Pension has arrived, and the tension is gone! To a worthy retiree, we all shall make a toast!

Some Happy Retirement Cards

These are some free happy retirement cards (click on the text below the image to edit):

Black And Teal Modern Happy Retirement Card
Brown and Beige Simple Happy Retirement Card Landscape
Pink and Brown Watercolor Happy Retirement A4 Document

The Bottom Line

Retirement is a significant milestone that should be honored with congratulations. Use these retirement cards, wishes, and thoughts to let your retiring colleagues know how much you appreciate and stand by them. 

Their retirement stage will surely become much more significant thanks to your comments, whether you want to send them hilarious remarks, emotional wishes, or serious sentiments. Write them some heartfelt retirement messages now!

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Christina J Colclough

Christina J. Colclough

Dr Christina J. Colclough is an expert on The Future World of Work and the politics of digital technology advocating globally for the importance of the workers’ voice. She has extensive regional and global labour movement experience, is a sought-after keynote speaker, coach, and strategist advising progressive governments and worker organisations.

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