"Be well, do good work, and keep in touch." – Garrison Keillor

Bidding co-workers goodbye, farewell

In days of old, loyalty was the name of the working-man’s game.  Men and women set out to support their families at any cost.  They found a job and stuck with it - whether they liked it or not.  In return, employers tended to reward such dedication. 

Today, my friends, is a different day. 

Today, many employers are looking for the youngest and the brightest.  Due the economy, many are laying off employees – including those who have been with the company the longest.  In turn, many employees are realizing that security may not be what it’s cracked up to be, so they set off for jobs that allow them to do what they love. 

Chances are, at one point or another you’ll find yourself in one of these categories.  Before you part ways with your employer, you should write a parting message to your co-workers.  Do not despair, my friend; of all the tasks that lie before you, this should be one of the easiest.  Take a look…


The best way to deliver a formal goodbye letter to co-workers is via email.  Keep it brief, to the point – and don’t forget your manners. 


A skillful goodbye letter is all about manners.  Think of it this way, even if you were dismissed on unflattering terms, leave in such a way that proves your superiors wrong.  As you write, keep these in mind:

·         Do not bid farewell to co-workers until you have submitted – and your boss has accepted – your resignation.  I know.  I know … this seems so obvious; but you’d be surprised how many employers learn of an impending resignation through a farewell address.

·         Keep it brief.  Respect your co-workers’ time by avoiding long, verbose diatribes.  Not to mention, it may come in handy when you…

·          Avoid negativity.  In some cases, this may take all your strength and might – but do it.  This is not the time or place to rant and rave about injustices.  It will not make you feel better, nor will it make you look better.  So, do avoid.    

·         Include positivity.  On the flip side, part on a positive note.  At the very least thank co-workers for their work and wish them well.  You may also want to include a fond memory – a successful project shared, ways they touched your life, fun you had, etc. 

·         Add contact information.  Finally, if you wish, you can encourage co-workers to keep in touch by leaving new contact information.   

Remember, whether you leave on good terms or bad, saying goodbye to co-workers can be hard for everyone.  Doing everything within your power to make an optimistic exit – even when you don’t feel it – proves strength of character. 

So follow these simple guidelines.  If you do, chances are you'll not only leave a place of employment on the best terms possible, but you'll also pave the way for success in your next venture.