How to Write a Simple Retirement Letter

So it is finally time to retire after having worked for many years. Many things to look forward to such as free time and less stress. But before leaving the current job, an employee should always write a retirement letter. Though not necessary, this is common practice and courtesy from the employee to the employer.

There may be several people who should receive the letter, but the immediate supervisor should receive the original. There may be others that should receive a personal letter, copies can be sent to any other individuals as appropriate. 


Before writing the main letter itself, it must be properly addressed. The retiree’s information goes first: name, address, telephone number, email address and lastly the date on which the letter is submitted. Other information to be placed before the date may include employee number and position. Leaving several lines of space, the main letter can then be written. 

First Paragraph

A retirement letter must include several key pieces of information. The first paragraph should always be used to state the fact that the employee is retiring and to state the effective date of retirement.

Second Paragraph

The second paragraph almost invariably should be used to show appreciation for the company, its supervisors and all colleagues. Though it is quite possible that there were some or many unfavorable experiences, make certain to write positively about all individuals mentioned. 

Third Paragraph

To continue the letter, the third paragraph normally states that as an employee in the company, the retiree is willing and eager to help the company adjust to the change. This means offering to help in any way possible, which includes helping with the next employee’s training.

By assuring the company of his or her willingness to make the transition as smooth as possible, the employers will feel satisfied and have an easier time with the change. 

These first three paragraphs are certainly required, but optional paragraphs can be used to state other information or intents. If the retiree has interest in working part-time or otherwise as an outside contractor, the fourth paragraph should be used to express this intent.

Last Paragraph

A last paragraph can be used to summarize positive regards for fellow coworkers and other individuals in the company. 

Writing a retirement letter does not need to be a complicated task. The letter is meant to be a written notice to the employer, though of course verbal notice should be given as well. Follow the guidelines above and get ready for retirement.

Before writing the letter, there are several things to note. To give ample time for the company to make adjustments for the future vacancy, it is proper to submit the letter several weeks in advance. Usually six weeks notice gives the company time to plan and adjust.

Simple retirement letter sample

Below is a simple retirement letter sample. Even though it is an informal letter, it should be written with professionalism, and not have an overly casual tone. 

The letter should be written in business-letter style, and it may be acceptable to copy the letter to everyone via email, except the direct superior. His or her letter should be a hard copy signed and hand delivered. This letter is written to the retiree’s entire project team. 

Name of Retiree
Address of Retiree
City, State, Zip Code

May 21, 2019

Name of Each Team Member
Name of Company
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Valued Teammates:

It will not be news to you that I am retiring at the end of this month. My last day on the job is June 12th. You have all heard me go on and on over the last five years about planning my retirement, and I fully expect to have a great time camping, fishing, hiking and just enjoying the great outdoors. 

We have worked on many projects together to clean up the city, including plastic waste removal, residential recycling and starting sustainable agriculture in small gardens throughout the city. I think we make a great team, each with a strength that makes us more formidable as a team than as individuals. 

Abigail always kept us on target and within budget, without which we would not have been so successful. Sean made sure we never lost sight of innovation, always imagining the impossible and, very often, making it possible. Kathy is the backbone of the team always inspiring us to greater things through her hard work. It was an honor to work with each of you. 

I will miss the satisfaction of seeing how we can make a difference for this city and the world. I am fully confident that you will continue the good work and keep me informed of your great strides in the environmental industry. 

My cabin is only a two-hour drive away, and each of you is more than welcome to visit, bring your family, spend a night and enjoy a relaxing weekend in the mountains. 

I will have my mobile phone, Phone Number, and a computer, Email Address, so you can reach me at any time to keep me up to date and tell me you are coming for a visit. Thank you all for making the last 15 years of my career a real pleasure.


Signature of Retiree
Printed Name of Retiree

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