As the year draws to an end, many people are preparing to leave their job behind and move on to bigger and better things. Whether you’re leaving your job voluntarily or you are a casualty of someone’s brilliant restructuring project, you don’t want to burn any bridges so it’s time to write a pleasant, diplomatic goodbye email to your beloved colleagues.
As you contemplate what to write, there are lots of important questions you’ll need to answer like “Should I tell them I’m going to miss them all even though I’m definitely not going to miss that creepy guy Jerry who sits in the cubicle near the window? Should I leave them my contact information knowing they might email me with work-related questions six months down the road? If I don’t have a job lined up, should I make it sound like I do to save face?”
If you are looking for inspiration, here is a goodbye email that is one of my personal favorites (edited to protect the anonymity of the sender):
I just wanted to reach out to all of you and say what a fantastic ride the last 10 years have been for me. It’s truly been something special, and I have many fond memories of this company that I’ll always take with me.
I’ve also taken with me 7 computers, 3 fax machines, 12 toner cartridges, all of the phones on our floor (no one’s using them anymore, right?), a suitcase full of staplers, scissors, and scotch tape, a color Xerox machine (which was a bitch to get past security I’ll have you know) and a box of white-out from Michelle’s office (which explains why her computer screen is almost completely white…) As a matter of fact, I’m in the process of opening up a little office supplies shop out of my home, so I hope you all wish me well in my new venture!
In all seriousness though, it doesn’t seem possible that I’m saying goodbye to everyone here. Though I’m leaving behind a job, what I’m leaving with is something that will always stay with me. The friendships that I’ve made over the last decade will never be forgotten, and I want to thank each and every one of you for touching my life the way you have.
Please take care, and thank you for being the absolute best group of people a guy could ever have the privilege of working with.
All the best,