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7 Ways to Write a Goodbye Email to Co-workers (With Templates!)

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Breaking up is hard to do. And, that sentiment doesn’t just apply to romantic relationships—it also holds some water when it comes to leaving a job.

Whether you loved your role or hated it, writing a goodbye email to co-workers you’ve worked closely with is enough to inspire some sweaty palms—and maybe even a lump of sadness that mysteriously lodges itself in your throat.

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While you’ll likely have a lot of the dreaded “I’m leaving” conversations in person (honestly, that’s the best way to do it!), many times you also want to follow that exchange up with a friendly email that shares your well wishes and your personal contact information—so that people can stay in touch, even after you’ve packed up your desk.

Not only is this standard polite office behavior, but it also ensures that you end things on the most positive note possible.

In theory, those notes seem like they’d be easy to write. But, they can actually be deceptively tricky. So, if you’re struggling to write those bittersweet farewell emails, these seven different templates are sure to help.

Goodbye Email #1 For the Co-worker You’re Really Close To

While you got along well with all of your colleagues, the people who fall into this category are a little different—they’re your closest friends and confidantes in the office. You could always count on them to join you for a quick lunch or to listen to you vent about a ridiculously tight deadline.

Hey [Name],

As you already know, I’ll be leaving my position as [job title] here at [Company], and my last day is [date].

While I’m excited about the new opportunity, there’s also a big part of me that’s sad to be saying goodbye to amazing co-workers just like you. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed our time working together, and how much I value the friendship you’ve shown me over the past [how long you’ve worked together].

You made me look forward to coming into the office, and I’ll always remember [funny moment or inside joke].

This might be the end of my time with [Company]. But, it’s definitely not the end of our friendship. You have my number—so don’t hesitate to reach out when you want to grab [coffee/drinks/lunch], and I’ll be sure to do the same!

It’s been great working together, [Name], and I’ll definitely keep in touch!

All the best,
[Your Name]

Goodbye Email #2 For the Co-workers You Don’t Know as Well

What about those colleagues who you’re not super close with? It’s still polite and professional to say one final goodbye with an email like this one.

Hello [Name],

As you may have already heard, I’m leaving my position as [job title] here at [Company], and my last day is coming up on [date].

I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed my time here—and you’ve played a part in that. It’s been so great working with you and getting to know you. The people here at [Company] have honestly been one of the best parts of working here.

While I won’t be in the office anymore, I definitely hope you’ll keep in touch. My personal email address is [personal email address], so don’t hesitate to reach out whenever.

Wishing you all the best, [Name]!
[Your Name]

Goodbye Email #3 For Your Manager

Whether you shared a close relationship with your boss or you two were always a little more distant, it’s still wise to send a message of appreciation in order to make sure you leave a positive impression. You never know when your paths will cross again!

Hey [Name],

Since today is my final day here at [Company], I wanted to send along a quick note to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed my time here.

I’ve learned so much from your experience, advice, and guidance over the past [length of time], and my time spent as a [job title] on this team has been such a valuable part of my career journey. I know I’ll carry the things I’ve learned here with me to my next adventure, and I’ll always look back on this experience with a lot of fondness.

Even though our time working together is coming to a close, I’d still love to keep in touch. So, never hesitate to reach out to me at [personal email]!

Thanks so much, once again, for your leadership. Know that I’m always wishing the best to you and the [department] team!

All the best,
[Your Name]

Goodbye Email #4 For Your Direct Reports

If you’re in a management role, you’ll also need to say bye to the people who report to you. Again, this is a conversation that should happen in person. But, to wrap things up, you can send the following message.

Hello [Name],

As we discussed, I’ll be leaving my position as [job title], and my last day is coming up on [date].

I know we’ve already talked in person, but I wanted to wrap things up with an email. It has been such a pleasure to lead you here at [Company] and watch you grow in your career. I couldn’t have asked for a better team, and I know you’re destined to continue doing big things.

I’ve included my personal contact information below for you. Please don’t ever hesitate to reach out—whether you need advice, a recommendation, or even just want to meet for coffee (I’d love that!).

[Personal email address]
[Personal phone number, if necessary]

Again, it’s been absolutely amazing to serve as your manager, and I’m wishing you nothing but the best as you move forward.

All the best,
[Your Name]

Goodbye Email #5 For Anyone Senior You Worked With

Your goal is to pack up your desk and walk out of that office leaving the very best impression. In order to do so, you should also plan to touch base with any C-level people you worked with.

Hello [Name],

As I know you’ve heard, I’ll be leaving my position as [job title] here at [Company], and my last day is coming up on [date].

Before setting off on the next chapter of my career journey, I wanted to reach out to you and let you know how great it’s been to work with you here. I really enjoyed collaborating with you on [project or task], and I’ve learned so much from the way you [skill or thing]. This has been such a valuable career experience, and I know that I have leaders like you to thank for that.

I prefer to think of this as “See you later” instead of “Goodbye.” So, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [personal email address] if you’d ever like to get in touch.

Wishing you all the best, [Name]!

[Your Name]

Goodbye Email #6 For Your Clients

If your position deals directly with clients, it’s both polite and professional to give them a heads up that you’ll be leaving that role. Here’s what to say.

Hello [Name],

I’m touching base with a bit of news for you. I’ll be leaving my position as [job title] here at [Company], and my last day will be [date].

I wanted to reach out to let you know that I’ve so enjoyed working with you during my time here. It’s been a true pleasure getting to know you better!

Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there are any loose ends you’d like me to tie up before I leave. I’m happy to do so. Otherwise, your new point of contact will be reaching out to you very soon/Your new point of contact is [Name] and they’re CC’d on this email.

Wishing you all the best, [Name]!
[Your Name]

Goodbye Email #7 For Everyone Else

Everybody else will fall into this category. Perhaps it’s a vendor that you work closely with for a regular event. Or, maybe it’s someone externally that you got to know through your work on a particular board or as a member of an association. Here’s what to say to let them know that you’re moving on.

Hello [Name],

I hope you’re doing well!

I wanted to let you know that I’ll be leaving my position as [job title] here at [Company] and my last day is [date].

It’s been so great getting to know you through [how you worked together]. While I’m excited for the new opportunity ahead of me, leaving [Company] and great working relationships like this one is definitely bittersweet.

I’m wishing you all the best moving forward, [Name]. And, thanks again for being a part of making my time here at [Company] such a great one!

[Your Name]

There you have it—all the goodbye email templates that you need to say one last goodbye to everyone from your colleagues to your clients.

Add your personal details, hit that “send” button, and you’ll not only leave your job—you’ll also leave a lasting, positive impression.