4 Goodbye Emails To Coworkers (With Examples) You Need To Use

When you’ve made the choice to transition out of the company you currently work for, sending a goodbye email to your colleagues is how you show professional courtesy. While it’s an optional task as part of your exit plan, it can ensure you come off extremely professional and kind-hearted.

Let’s go ahead and dig into everything you need to know about a farewell email that you might send to your colleagues before your last day of employment.

Why Are Goodbye Emails Important

Goodbye emails are important because you should always be showing your employer some type of respect. It’s a good courtesy for your future employment efforts and can help if you ever want future employers to call your manager as a reference.

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A simple farewell email can ensure:

By writing a goodbye email it is a great way to inform workers that you didn’t need to communicate with regards to your employment, that you are leaving your job.

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What Should Go Inside A Goodbye Email

What should go inside your goodbye email? It’s important to keep your email short and professional. But what you might want to include in your goodbye email would consist of:

Aside from that, any other information might be overkill. It is generally appreciated that you keep your goodbye email focused on the company and the people versus using this as a floor to project why you felt as though you took another job.

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What Should NOT Go Inside Your Goodbye Email

At all costs, it’s important that you avoid including anything such as:

Who Should You Send A Goodbye Email To After Your Resignation

Depending on the size of the company, you can send your goodbye email to the entire team. But it’s recommended that you only do that if the company is less than 50 people. Otherwise, keep your focus on specific employees and your department.

You want your email to go to people that you spoke with, worked with or reported to. Anyone that you didn’t have some type of working connection with during your tenure should be excluded from this email.

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How To Write A Goodbye Email To Coworkers

Writing your goodbye email is fairly simple. Keep your message short and sweet. Choose your recipients and make sure that you send your goodbye email either a few days or a week before your last day, indicating when your last day will be.

The general steps are:

Goodbye Email Example When You Were Satisfied With The Job

Hi everyone —

It is with a heavy heart that I have to mention that today will be my last day with the company. It has been such a pleasure being able to wake up every day and come in here to work with you. Every single one of you truly has incredible talents and I know I won’t be able to find that anywhere else. But I was given an advancement opportunity and I must take the risk.

This company is on an incredible path and I can’t wait to see what everyone is able to accomplish from the sidelines.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to work here with you.

Sincerely,
(Your name)
(Your phone number)
(Your email)

Goodbye Email Example When You Were NOT Satisfied With The Job

Hi everyone —

I’m sorry to say that today will be my last day with you. It has been a true pleasure being able to work with you and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work here.

My contact information is in the signature of this email in case you’d like to get ahold of me for any reason.

Once again, it was a pleasure working with you.

Sincerely,
(Your name)
(Your phone number)
(Your email)

Funny Goodbye Email To Coworkers Example

Hi everyone —

If I show up tomorrow morning because I’ve shown up every morning for the past (X years), throw some water on me and turn me around. Because today is actually my last day with the company. I can’t say enough good things about all of you as well as the company. It is going to be incredibly difficult to replace the relationships and connections I’ve made with everyone here.

I want to thank everyone for what we’ve been able to accomplish together and I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have worked here.

My contact information is in the bottom of this email in case you need to get a hold of me for any reason. Once again, thank you so much for everything.

Sincerely,
(Your name)
(Your phone number)
(Your email)

Department or Person Specific Goodbye Email Example

Hi everyone —

Today is my last day. And I’m very sad. Working in this department is something special. It’s a welcoming environment full of warm-hearted people. I am truly going to miss all of you.

I’d like to thank you all for the opportunity to work alongside you. And for the opportunity to be employed here.

If you’d like to get a hold of me for any reason my contact information is at the bottom of this email.

Sincerely,
(Your name)
(Your phone number)
(Your email)

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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