Retiring from working life to a daily life that may have fewer responsibilities marks a transition that most people are happy to make. As with any transition, it is important to leave behind good feelings, and step into the future with a happy heart. The retiree may thank colleagues, clients and professional contacts, but it is also important to send a thank you letter to the boss. He or she is the person who is responsible for the working conditions, and may have had a big influence on the atmosphere in the office. Whether the retiree likes the boss or not, it is professional etiquette to write the boss a personal letter.
Retiring early is a goal for many people because they believe they will enjoy a leisurely lifestyle and be able to do many of the things they have avoided during their working years. However, with little return on investments, stagnating wages and 401(k) portfolios underperforming, people feel that they will never have enough money to retire. However, there are ways to retire without having a fortune that include cost-cutting, saving and avoiding risky investments. These tips do not include winning the lottery, a huge inheritance or any other large windfall.
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 email. Though not necessary, this is common practice and courtesy from the employee to the employer.
If you are retiring from your job, use these sample retirement letters as templates for your formal notification.
Below are samples of a letter of intent to retire. It is written in formal business-letter style and can either be hand delivered or sent by certified mail. In some cases it can be emailed, but it is recommended for the retiree to keep a hard copy.