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beamisl 11-21-2015 06:56 PM

What would Your retirement letter sound like
 
Like many people, retirement is just around the corner for me. Somewhere in the next 14 to 16 months. I dream about it because I am SOOOO ready but due to the need for insurance, I will work a while longer.

When I do write that letter, it will go something like this:

Dear Employer,

After many years at this institution it is time for me to retire. I want to thank you for the many opportunities you have given me over the years and hope that the relationship has been as beneficial for you.

The future holds for both of us many opportunities, I think mine will be more fun as I travel this great country. Much success to you in the future.

Resignation effective June 10, 2017. Lynne

Yep, short and sweet, don't burn any bridges. What would yours sound like? Lynne

CampDaven 11-21-2015 07:05 PM

What would Your retirement letter sound like
 
Looks fine, Lynne!
I walked in and said "I'm retiring today" with no previous notice. My spreadsheet said "Do it". :)
Friends cheered, and some stared at me like I had 3 heads. Then I walked out. Nothing else required. No exit interview, no letter. They ALL knew what I was going to do!
I loved my job, but fulltiming is paradise!
Best wishes RVM! :D

inlineskater 11-21-2015 07:09 PM

I called and gave them a years notice. They were delighted to have someone younger come in and take over. With a years notice they still were a month late in getting a replacement. I still left on time. Very happy I made the decision.

dexters 11-21-2015 07:29 PM

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Originally Posted by beamisl (Post 2834180)

Dear Employer,

After many years at this institution it is time for me to retire. I want to thank you for the many opportunities you have given me over the years and hope that the relationship has been as beneficial for you.

The future holds for both of us many opportunities, I think mine will be more fun as I travel this great country. Much success to you in the future.

Resignation effective June 10, 2017. Lynne

good

beamisl 11-21-2015 07:47 PM

David,


IF they ask for an exit interview I will decline. I went to work for them with the intention of doing my job to the best of my abilities and to earn enough money. Accomplished that. What needs to be said?


I will give them two weeks notice because if I gave them 6 months they still do not hire anyone till you vacate the position so they can bring someone in cheaper. I won't care since I will NO be thee.


Just a few more months Lynne

LarrytheBear 11-21-2015 08:09 PM

Sounds good. Personally, I would leave out the sentence about the future, but that's just me.
If they offer an exit interview why not take it? Could be fun... :thumb:

ahicks 11-21-2015 08:22 PM

Mixed emotions regarding providing notice.

Saw too many incidents in my career where the employer provided no "notice" upon an employee's termination. Actually, I was taught proper management style demanded that upon termination (no prior notice). They even encouraged that be done on a Friday afternoon... Admitted, that was a while back. Not sure if that practice is still being encouraged.

I was terminated once upon return from a vacation, so there would be no vacation time available to me to help cushion the blow.

Then there was the time we were told the business would close forever, on Christmas eve. There was never even a rumor that was going to happen. That was a great holiday....

Do as you wish, but I can't help but consider how it would go if leaving were not my choice.... when I am leaving, by MY choice.

Re: at retirement, I'm retiring. My friends will still be my friends, and human resources can stuff it. I informed my boss (even though we were not close at all), and walked out the door. Don't regret a thing 5 years later.

phranc 11-21-2015 08:31 PM

I had one of my guys put the keys on the desk and say " I'm taking my vacation. I won't be back" . Short and to the point although a little more notice would have been appreciated .

Bigd9 11-21-2015 08:35 PM

I was offered a retirement window with sweetened benefits so they could get rid of older people and bring in newer people. I jumped through the window and gave them 90 days notice.

My letter was actually a form announcing my departure and a date. No flowery words at all.

txaggie79 11-21-2015 09:03 PM

Nicely written. It's positive, pleasant, and burns no bridges. One never knows what the future will hold. A recommendation could come in handy.

beamisl 11-22-2015 05:36 AM

Great reply's!


The reason I would give notice is a little rule in our contract. If we don't give two weeks notice they take two weeks of your PTO. Don't plan on loosing any money I have earned.


Depending on the type of job you have this would or would not apply. I have considered though waiting until Feb of 2017 to get my knee replaced (which needs to be done) and going out on surgery. I would have my insurance paid for for 3 to 6 months while recovering and get paid as well. Come back for two weeks and deliver the resignation letter first day back. Work two weeks and be done. Insurance will cost me around $900. a month for a year so this would save me that amount as well as money earned.


Otherwise, look forward to writing and delivering this letter not too long in the future. Know there are quite a few out there getting close so just wondered.
Have a great day and a great Thanksgiving.


Lynne

JFNM 11-22-2015 07:07 AM

Given the responses, I can imagine the "approach" is heavily dependent on the employer and how you were treated over the years. I've been treated VERY well.

The exit interview is an interesting question. It seems to me that if they did not accept your "input" while part of the company, they are unlikely to accept it now. Do not close doors/burn bridges.

Skeetobite 11-22-2015 07:29 AM

I left a publicly traded company as a VP about 16 years ago. Great company, great relationships, but was leaving to start my own business. Wrote a short, complimentary resignation letter indicating I will be leaving in 90 days. One week later the SVP showed up with a check for the pay covering the 90 days notice and showed me the door. Ha ha, I still laugh about it, but they didn't believe in "long goodbyes". In hind sight, I completely agree given the size of the portfolio I managed.

I think the idea is to give the notice, express gratitude and well wishes where they apply and then move down the road.

ahicks 11-22-2015 07:49 AM

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Originally Posted by beamisl (Post 2834560)
Great reply's!


The reason I would give notice is a little rule in our contract. If we don't give two weeks notice they take two weeks of your PTO. Don't plan on loosing any money I have earned.


Depending on the type of job you have this would or would not apply. I have considered though waiting until Feb of 2017 to get my knee replaced (which needs to be done) and going out on surgery. I would have my insurance paid for for 3 to 6 months while recovering and get paid as well. Come back for two weeks and deliver the resignation letter first day back. Work two weeks and be done. Insurance will cost me around $900. a month for a year so this would save me that amount as well as money earned.


Otherwise, look forward to writing and delivering this letter not too long in the future. Know there are quite a few out there getting close so just wondered.
Have a great day and a great Thanksgiving.


Lynne

Given those details, that sounds like pretty sound logic to me.


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