If you have a boss who is leaving and you want to know what to say, here are some great sample farewell messages. These heartfelt goodbye messages can be used in a note or an email.
Boss Is Leaving
#1 Although I am sad to have to say goodbye, I’m excited about your future opportunities. I have learned so much from you, and you have been an integral part of my professional development. Thank you for everything.
#2 A boss like you doesn’t come around every day. Your ability to make every team member feel valued is an irreplaceable quality. You will be missed.
#3 I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today without your mentorship. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have learned from you. I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
#4 You have been a driving force in this company’s success. Truly, you are one-of-a-kind. Even though it’s tough to say goodbye, I know you need to move on. I wish you the very best, and good luck.
#5 Not every boss takes an interest in their employees’ growth and development. But you were one of them. It’s hard to see you go, but I wish you all the best.
#6 You were one of the pillars that held this company up. I’m fortunate to have been able to work under you, and I wish you all the very best in the future.
#7 Thank you for your guidance and support over the years. The knowledge you’ve passed onto me has been so important in my career development. So, let me raise my glass and toast to you. Best of luck in your future endeavors, and cheers!
#8 You have been a mentor to so many of us here, and it’s truly appreciated. It will not be the same around here without you. I wish we could continue to work together, but I know there are more goals for you to accomplish. I wish you all the best on the road ahead.
#9 It’s rare to have the privilege to work under someone so talented and yet, so humble. It’s been an honor to be part of your team, and I thank you for taking me under your wing. I hope to hear about your future endeavors and that we keep in touch.
#10 Life is full of changes, and I wish you the greatest success in this new phase of your career. I sincerely hope our paths cross in the future. I truly thank you for everything you have taught me and for being an inspiration to me. Those are gifts I will have for the rest of my life.
#11 Bosses just aren’t built like you anymore. I know it will be a challenge to find someone with your combination of leadership and patience to replace you, if it’s even possible. Clearly, I don’t want to say goodbye, but I am confident that your new challenges ahead are going to be fantastic for your career. I wish you the best.
#12 To say you are irreplaceable is an understatement. Your leadership has been so important to my professional development. I know you have further goals to achieve, and I wish you the best of luck. Please just know that you will be very missed.
#13 There comes a point in everyone’s career where you must choose between comfort and growth. Although it saddens me to say goodbye, I’m excited for your road ahead. Best of luck!
#14 Although I’m happy about your new challenges ahead, your absence will certainly be felt. Your leadership and guidance have been invaluable. I wish you the very best in your future.
#15 Your attitude and leadership have made this an incredible place to work. It’s been a pleasure learning and growing under your watch. I can only see more success for you in the future. Best of luck.
#16 You’ve created such a positive place to work here that it’s hard to say goodbye. I hope you have the best of luck in the future, and please do keep in touch.
#17 If I have learned anything from your leadership, it’s to never stop challenging myself. I’m sad to see you leave, but I’m happy about your future opportunities. I wish you the best of luck.
#18 My career wouldn’t be where it is now without your guidance, and I’m grateful I had the opportunity to work with you. I wish you all the luck in the future ahead.
#19 Let me be the first one to congratulate you on your next adventure. Not everyone is lucky to have a boss as great as you. This is a hard goodbye, but I wish you the best of luck in your future.
#20 It saddens me that you are leaving, but I am happy that you are beginning an exciting new chapter of your life. Working for you has been a privilege, and I will never forget you. Very best of luck to you.
#21 Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn from your experience. Your guidance has been invaluable to me. I’m thrilled about the next step in your professional journey, and I hope to keep in touch.
#22 During the time I have worked for you, I have admired your leadership and been thankful for everything you have taught me. The time you have invested in me has made me better at what I do, and I am eternally grateful. You will be missed and impossible to replace.
#23 There have been many challenges, and I wouldn’t have gotten through them without your guidance. I am trying not to focus on the loss I am feeling because you are leaving, but rather the gift you are going to be for the others you’ll influence with your knowledge. Best of luck.
Boss Is Retiring
#1 Nobody has earned the right to relax and retire more than you. I hope your toughest decision will be what tee time you want to schedule. You have given us so much, and now it’s your turn to take some time for yourself. Happy retirement!
#2 There comes a point in everyone’s career where they have to call it quits. Throughout your career, you have inspired many people to be the best they can be. It’s your turn to relax now. Enjoy the retired life.
#3 Take a moment to look back at all you’ve accomplished over the years. Your career is a testament to hard work and dedication. I know you will find the same level of success in your retired life. Congratulations on your retirement.
#4 I am sad to lose a mentor, but happy for you to be able to move onto your next chapter. Retirement is a time to do everything you wanted to do in life. I wish you the very best and hope you have a long and enjoyable retirement.
#5 The end of your professional life is the beginning of your retired life. It might take some time to get used to, but I can’t think of anyone who warrants a life of leisure more than you. Sit back and enjoy it.
#6 There are many stages of life, and retirement is one of the biggest. Looking back at your career, you should be happy with a job well done. We’re all going to miss you, but we know you are entitled to have the free time to do what you want to do. Congratulations on retiring.
#7 Nobody has put more time and energy into this company than you have. Retirement is the reward for an incredibly successful career, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving than you. I hope your retirement is everything you hope it can be and more. Congratulations on your retirement.
#8 The impact you’ve had on the people who worked under you is immense. I know that whatever goals you set for yourself in retirement will be met and surpassed. Just know that you are irreplaceable. Enjoy your newfound retirement.
#9 Today is the culmination of all your successes and accomplishments over the years. You should be proud of all that you’ve done throughout your career. Now is the time you get to enjoy the results of all your hard work. Congratulations on your retirement.
#10 We are all going to miss your presence and guidance in the office. Even though you are retiring today, you will have a lasting effect here for the years to come. We wish you a long and healthy retirement.
#11 Not every boss can earn the respect of their employees quite like you did. You should feel proud of the legacy you’re leaving behind. It’s time to look forward to the future and enjoy retired life.
#12 Although you are leaving us, you can never truly be replaced. I wish you could be my boss forever, but I know you are onto bigger and better things. Good luck in all your future endeavors, and congratulations on retiring.
#13 You’ve finally made it to the end of your career. Take a moment to look back and reflect on all your accomplishments and the people you’ve helped. Now it’s time for you to explore new challenges. Relax and enjoy retirement.
#14 Your work ethic was only surpassed by your leadership. Your very presence inspired others to be the best version of themselves. I wish you the same success in the future as well as a long and happy retirement.
#15 You’ve conquered every obstacle this job has thrown at you. Now it’s time for a new challenge. Retirement will throw new hurdles at you, but I’m confident you’ll overcome those too. I hope you have a fantastic retirement.
#16 If I had to choose one person who deserves to kick back and retire, it is certainly you. You have given so much of your time and energy to making this company successful. You are going to be impossible to replace. I wish you the best retirement ever.
#17 This is your time. Looking back on all your success and accomplishments, you can certainly be proud of an incredible career. Next up will be deciding how to spend your newfound free time. Let me know if you need any tips for your bucket list, and congratulations on your retirement.
#18 Your leadership is an integral part of how I got to where I am in my career. I appreciate your guidance over the years. Although it’s hard to say goodbye, I know I’ll see you soon. Congratulations on your retirement!
#19 You’re not someone who likes to sit still. You may be retiring from work, but I know you already have a list of projects to complete. I hope you are fulfilled and enjoy this new season in your life. No one deserves it more than you. Congratulations on your retirement.
#20 If I had to choose one person who deserves to kick back and retire, it is certainly you. You have given so much of your time and energy to making this company successful. You are going to be impossible to replace. We will do our best to try to fill your shoes, and I wish you the best retirement possible.
#21 I am thrilled about what is ahead for you. This is your time. Looking back on all your success and accomplishments, you can certainly be proud of the incredible career you’ve had. Next up will be deciding how to spend your newfound free time. Congratulations on your retirement.
#22 It will not be the same here without you, but it’s time for you to start another chapter. You’ve worked so hard for so long, and now you get to focus on enjoying life. Happy retirement to you!
#23 It’s time for you to stop thinking about deadlines and start thinking about tee times. Although I will miss seeing you around the office, I can’t wait to meet you on the golf course. Congratulations on your retirement.
Funny Farewell Note to Boss
#1 Since you are leaving us, does it mean that I’m in charge now? That’s okay, you don’t have to answer right now. It can be a surprise. Seriously though, I do wish you the best in your future job, and I wish that you find employees as good as me.
#2 Hey, don’t forget to close the door when you leave. It’s freezing outside. Just kidding! I hope you really go to a warm new place and are comfortable with a fantastic new group of employees. They’re lucky! Also, I will never forget the raise that you are about to give me before you leave. (Right?)
#3 I am sorry to see you go, boss! I will always remember you as a hero, especially when you’d come to work with that Batman T-Shirt. Hold on, maybe that was just a dream I had. Anyway, may you have enormous success and happiness in all you do. And may you always have a job for me, in case I get fired.
#4 The least stressful days were the days when you were my boss. It’s hard to see you go because now I can’t be late to work anymore. Anyway, I do hope that you always stay true to yourself, no matter where you are and what you do. Lots of success!
#5 One day, you will have time to reflect on what you left behind. Probably you’ll see an office in a big mess, but what I’m trying to say is that you will miss us. Of course, not more than we’ll miss you, boss. Good luck and enjoy your retirement!
#6 Sometimes, I wonder: will you ever find another employee as good as me? Or will I ever have a boss better than you? I’m not so sure about the first one. Jokes aside, I wish you all the best, and may you be fortunate and prosper in all that you do!
#7 As far as I know, you weren’t all that bad. There were some good things about you. For example, your parking spot is the best in the whole company. Now, all joking aside, I don’t want to sound like a suck-up, but I will miss you, boss! Thank you for everything. (And now I can finally park in the best spot.)
#8 All these years of working for you, and I still can’t remember your last name. This is probably because you are so friendly we only call you by your first name. Let’s take a moment and celebrate what you gave us: freedom and a raise (which will be coming today before you leave for the last time). I wish you the best, boss!
#9 Resigning might be good for you, but it literally broke me. Working for you was one of the best things that were happening in my life. This, and winning the lottery, but the first one is way better. Farewell, boss! I hope we keep in touch and maybe have a drink sometime in the future.
#10 Remember when you covered for me because I was late that one time? On that day, I met the girl that later became my wife and the mother of our children. Nothing would have happened if you weren’t that generous. Okay, that’s not quite true, but thank you for everything anyway. I definitely will miss you!
#11 It looks like now you’re going to spend the money you have worked for all your life. Somehow this is a farewell from me, but it’s a welcome from your freedom. Enjoy your retirement. I really wish you the best. You were the best boss I ever had. Okay, you were the only boss I ever had.
#12 There will come a time in my life when I will share with my kids some of the wise words that you told me while I was your employee. For example, “I need this by tomorrow morning!” Joking aside, I will miss having you around. I hope your next adventure is all that you are hoping it will be. Best of luck!
#13 Before you leave, I have a request: Can I take your swivel chair? Mine has only 3 working wheels out of 6. I basically fall every time I turn around. Well, I understand that this isn’t your problem anymore. Anyway, I truly and deeply wish you lots of success in your new job.
#14 My first impression of you was that you were going to be very harsh on us. It turned out you were harsh on yourself by being patient with employees like me. I will never forget that, boss. You gave me a new life by offering me the chance to work for you. And all you got from me is this message. So here’s a hug to wish you the best in all your future endeavors (or maybe just a handshake)!
#15 I’m not saying that you were the best boss. I’m just saying that there isn’t any boss better than you. I will never forget when you opened the door for me and said, “Get out!” Just joking! You actually said, “Come in.” You made me feel at home, and I’ll never forget that. Good luck and best wishes on all your future endeavors!
#16 Everyone is sorry to see you go. We got used to you and your friendly tone of voice when you were asking for us to put in extra time on the weekends. Just kidding! I really wish you the best in this next chapter of your life. There’s no other boss like you. P.S. Please don’t leave this note lying around because I don’t want my new boss to read this.
#17 Working for you was an honor. I don’t remember ever having so much fun at work until I started working for you. Also, I don’t remember ever being paid so little. Kidding! I did have as much fun before working for you. Joking again! Seriously now, I truly believe that I don’t know how I’m going to handle being in the office without you. But I wish you the absolute best for your future and hope our paths cross again.
#18 The best part of having you as a boss was that we agreed on everything, except for my salary. But let’s leave that behind now. Honestly, I will miss you around the office. Wish you good luck and much success in your new job!
#19 My professional life has totally changed since I came to work for you. I learned so much from you, including how to make customers think you are working hard when you’re actually doing something else. Just kidding. Well, anyway, I’ve become a pro at that. May your new venture bring you happiness and success!
#20 Hey, boss! You got mail: the last mail you’ll get in your office from me. The news that you quit was shocking, but the time working for you was tremendous! I will always remember when you said to me, “No, you’re not fired.” That was music to my ears. Good luck wherever you’ll go and don’t forget about me, as I won’t forget about you!
#21 If you didn’t like the coffee, there are easier ways to make a change than leaving us. But seriously, I am sorry to see you go and please consider hiring me in your new business at double my existing salary. Okay, what I meant to say is that you will be missed, and please keep in touch!
#22 Now that you are out the door, can you go ahead and give me a raise before you go? Well, even if you can’t, I am still going to be thankful for the time I worked for you. You have been a great boss, and I hope that your success continues for many years to come.
Female Boss Is Leaving
#1 Your influence around here was immediately noticeable. You changed the work culture of the company for the better throughout your career. You are the role model I’ve always needed. I wish you the best of luck in your future goals.
#2 You’re a pioneer of women in this company, and I’m grateful that you have mentored me throughout the years. I am a stronger and better person because of your influence. Although our time together is coming to an end, I hope we can continue to talk. Please stay strong and continue to pave the way for us to follow.
#3 Working for you is an experience I’ll treasure for the rest of my life. You showed me how to be a better employee and how to be a better person. Your compassion and fearlessness are traits I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. It was a pleasure having you as my boss.
#4 It is inspirational to see such a strong woman in the workplace. You have given me all the tools to succeed and follow in your footsteps. I’m sad to see you leave, but I know you’ll succeed wherever you go.
#5 I am proud to have called you my boss. You have shown me that I can reach heights I never thought possible before. I’m sure you’ll continue to blaze your trail everywhere you go.
#6 You have laid out the framework for women to move upwards at this company, and I will be forever grateful for that. You have impacted me more than you could ever know. It’s unfortunate we can’t continue to work together. I wish you happiness and health in the years to come.
#7 Your fearless march down unknown paths has given me hope for the future. I now know that I can reach the highest positions this company has to offer because of you. I’m confident that you’ll continue to inspire people wherever you go.
#8 Although you may be leaving us, your impact here is forever. You’ve opened up opportunities for people who didn’t have them before, and that is something to be proud of. I hope we can keep in touch and I wish you the best of luck.
#9 You have faced greater challenges than most in your position, and you have conquered them all. You have shown me that equity can exist in the workforce. I know that you will continue to overcome all the challenges you face.
#10 All the women working in leadership positions at this company owe you gratitude. You paved the path they followed and inspired them to be their best. It’s regretful that you’re leaving us, but I hope you continue to live a healthy and successful life.
#11 You have been a trailblazer and an inspiration. You have been a model for us to follow and a motivation to all of us. I wish you every success in the future and hope that we can stay in touch. Good luck to you.
#12 In being a success, you have paved the way for more women to reach leadership positions. Your next company is going to be lucky to have you. I am proud to have worked for you and wish you all the best of continued success and happiness.
#13 On one hand, it’s sad to see you go, but on the other hand, no one can keep a good woman down! Your time has come to continue scaling and conquering to unimaginable higher rungs. Best wishes and good luck in your new undertakings.
#14 Thank you for everything you’ve done for me during the time we’ve worked together. I will miss our daily interactions, but never forget you. I wish you nothing but the very best for the new chapter in life. Thanks again for all the great memories.
#15 I’ll miss your energy and positivity at the office. You made work so enjoyable, and it’ll never be the same without you. May your next endeavor be even more fruitful than this last one.
#16 Just because you are moving on doesn’t mean I won’t continue to bug you for your thoughts and ideas. So this is truly not goodbye, but just farewell for now. I would love to hear about your new adventures and hope your future dreams come true.
#17 Your ideas at work have been really inspiring. You taught me valuable professional and personal lessons, and I thank you for that. It’s hard to imagine our workplace without you. As you go to the next stage of your career, I wish you the absolute best for success and enjoyment.
#18 I just loved working for you because you set a great example for everyone. Your perspective and guidance always inspired me. I hope you look back on your time here and feel proud about what you accomplished and the many challenges you conquered. Good luck in all that you do.
#19 You were not only a great boss, but also a special leader. You inspired, encouraged, and gave us direction. I always knew that you were destined for greater things. I am sad that day has come, as I will miss seeing you at work. I wish you nothing but the best in all of your endeavors.
#20 I consider myself quite lucky to have had you as my boss. Your leadership was full of vision and dedication, and your execution was unparalleled. I will miss working for you but am happy for the great things that are waiting for you in your future.
Best Quotes for Farewell Message to Boss Who Is Leaving
“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.”
Henry David Thoreau
“Dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
William W. Purkey
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.”
“You have just one life to live. It is yours. Own it, claim it, live it, do the best you can with it.”
“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”
“Make each day your masterpiece.”
“Life is a ticket to the greatest show on earth.”
Martin H. Fischer
“Live for each second without hesitation.”
“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”
“Today, you have 100% of your life left.”
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give.”
William Arthur Ward
“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.”
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
“A secret to life: Know that none of this matters, and yet…live as if every single moment does.”
“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision.So writeand draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
Keith Miller has over 25 years of experience as a CEO and serial entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur, he has founded several multi-million dollar companies. As a writer, Keith's work has been mentioned in CIO Magazine, Workable, BizTech, and The Charlotte Observer. If you have any questions about the content of this blog post, then please send our content editing team a message here.