Goodbye Letter to Co-workers Examples

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You've had some laughs, you've had some tears, and now it's time to write a goodbye letter to a workplace that has become a real community.  

In some special workplaces, the people are more than just colleagues, they are people whom you've enjoyed seeing every day, and whom you will miss when you go.  People who help each other feel good about themselves and proud of what they achieve together.  It's a shame to leave but even worse would be not to tell them that they mattered to you and that you were so glad to have worked with them.

If this describes how you feel right now, then the following real-life farewell letters to colleagues should help you.  Trust me, the authors of the letters below spent a long time wondering what to write, and how to express all their years of appreciation in just one letter, which is exactly what is looming in front of you!

For those of you who haven't had a glowing time at work, the last example is worded neutrally to show your appreciation for the people who made your time bearable, adding limited contact details to ensure you can weed out those you don't like, and develop relationships further with those you do like.

Goodbye letter 1: Mine site

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G'day everyone.

Well, the time has come to say goodbye to everyone that has made me smile here over the last few (and more) years.

A company is more than just a workplace, it is the people that give it soul.
I would just like to say that there have been many great people here, both past and present, that have made the job truly enjoyable. This resulted in laughter and practical jokes that are still evident on the tea-room walls. The “Girl Posse” at a time when we had all Female Team leaders and we scared the boys.
The life at camp drinking tadpole water and having all of us around the one television set, and watching Jim ruin another meal by putting mandarins in it at the end.

I would like to put out a special mention to Jason for picking the right people for the job here and it turned into a real family.  We all had a job to do, we all respected each other and we got along.  I know that this is one of the rare special workplaces where that ever happens.

We feel that we have been through all of the highs and lows together from brain tumours to engagements, and it is not often that you want to come back to work to spend time with a group of friends.

It was a special time.

Professionally, it is rare to actually discover something new, and I am proud to be in the team that discovered [A, B and C].
You also don’t often get to see a project the whole way through and I feel honoured to have been given the privilege to see this project blossom over the last 3 years from the intial discovery all the way to closure.

I apologise to all that had to wake me up in the middle of the night to give me updates or saw me in my pyjamas and safety boots at in the middle of the night checking that everything was going all right. I know it wasn’t pretty.

Special thanks go to Michael (my Brains trust), Janine and John for keeping me organised and doing the real work.

I am not sure what the future will bring but I am sure that it will involve many cups of tea.

I hope that everyone achieves what will make them happy. Good luck in the future.

Love Anna

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Goodbye letter 2: Exploration camp

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Hello all,

Well, as per tradition I am sending out my goodbye letter, except that as one of the last to leave, most of the people who I have come to know aren’t here anymore...sniff, sniff.

I have seen many changes here from the day that Andrew and I inserted the first official peg into the ground to the very successful and well kept site it is almost 2 years later.
The one thing that hasn’t changed over that time has been the feeling of being here.
The culture that was set at the beginning is a testimony to this place, the feeling that you can express an idea, the can-do attitudes, the cooperation of all departments, regardless of what needs to be done, and oh! the morning teas!

Like has been said before, it has been a pleasure to work here, but more than that - it has been the privilege to have met and mixed with the people. I guess in the early days we didn’t have any choice but to get along, especially when you have a dozen people jammed into a single portable.

I have enjoyed my time here, albeit shortened, and I will miss all that this place represents.  I will especially miss this part of the outback.  I think we all know that this is God's country, and once we work here, it's in our blood.  

But with any special place it is the people who make it more special and it will be those I will miss the most.
Even though we are moving to new horizons in different directions, we will always have our memories of this place.

I won't mention anyone in particular, as it will take way too long, and my fingers are getting tired!(But if you feel like a gossip in my last hours here of trying to fill in time, you know where to find me!)

I am sure reunions and catch-ups will, if not often, be full of laughs and good times, so if anyone feels the urge to contact me, here are my details:

Phone : 123456789

And of course Facebook.

Goodbye, good luck and you never know, see you later!
Over and Out.


Don't forget your Out of Office automatic reply email 

so that further emails to your work account

get a response that you are no longer there.

Sorry to abandon you, Thank you for your light

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to let you all know, on my last day here, that I truly admire and respect my colleagues for the courage, inner strength and humour so many of you have shown me.  While I am sorry I'm not able to continue working with you, I hope to apply everything I have learned from you to future opportunities, including [company name] where I will be working from [date].  

I want you know that all of your efforts mattered.  All of the clients in other departments and outside the company have benefitted from the services/products you provide.  The world is a better place because of you.  Please don't ever forget that.

I wish you all the best of luck,


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