1. In general, employers would communicate about your retirement. But you may choose to step down from your service. You could write a letter to let your colleagues know about your future. You could also welcome a new successor to your place and appreciate his arrival.
  2. Write about your plans after retirement.
  3. Express your gratitude towards the organization. Also thank your colleagues for their help.
  4. Mention a positive note about your successor if you know about the person's??s caliber.


[Senders Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-

Dear [Recipients Name],

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their friendship over the years. My career at Sarson's has been truly memorable and the years have just passed to my hometown of York in New England. I have lots of plans to fill my time with and think that I can get down to some serious gardening.

I understand that Robert has been considering his options seriously about who should replace me, and I know that whoever he picks will be up to the task. Those in the running have much experience and knowledge, and it will be a difficult choice for Robert to make.

Departing the company and this town will not be easy, and it is everyone here who makes the move, even more, difficult. Remember though that my lawn, is always there for those who want to join us in York for a barbecue and picnic.


[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -

Sample letter announcing your own retirement.

Further things to consider when writing announcement letters to colleagues

Further things to consider when writing announcement letters to colleagues

Announcement Letters

Announcement letters are letters that notify or give information about a certain occasion, special event, or occurrence that people are required to be aware of. They could be for a concert, a special sale, or even a graduation party. Announcement letters are usually informal and state clearly and concisely what the event/occasion is and what further actions the recipient should take. Announcement letters can be used in many personal and business situations. In personal situations these letters may be used, for instance, to announce a birthday, death, wedding, or graduation. In the business world, such letters may be used to announce a new policy, change in management, financial summaries for investors, grand sale, or actions against a customer due to nonpayment.

Announcement letters should be written in a straightforward manner stating all the necessary facts. Clearly state why you feel the occasion is important. If you are delivering bad news, be optimistic for the future. Bold and highlight the points that need focus so that the content is clear to the reader. Add any information which you think your reader might want to know and do not miss out any important detail. End the letter on a positive note.

Letters to Colleagues

Letters to colleagues are, simply, letters written to coworkers. These letters are written in a business or professional setting for different purposes. Maybe you want to thank a coworker for doing you a favor - write a thank-you letter. You want to congratulate him/her for a promotion - write a congratulation letter. Perhaps you want to apologize for doing something wrong - write an apology letter, or may be you have found a new job, and it's time to say goodbye - write a farewell letter. Although some colleagues may find writing letters a tedious process, it is a great way to maintain a strong working relationship.

Most letters to colleagues are informal. You really don't need to use all that formal jargon to people you know pretty well ? do you? Begin your letter with a warm and friendly salutation and the proper name of the recipient. Clearly state the purpose of your letter. Be specific and know exactly what you are talking about. Use clear language which the recipient can easily understand. Maintain a friendly and pleasant tone. Close the letter positively and with a note of anticipation that the recipient will take the necessary action.

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