How to word a retirement announcement

Written by melissa cole
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Retirement is a major milestone in anyone's life, and after a long career at an organisation, a retiree certainly desires a proper send-off from their family, friends, and especially, from their colleagues. A retirement announcement should be a succinct and graceful proclamation of well wishes for the retiree's next stage in life.

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  1. 1

    Begin with a brief paragraph stating the purpose of the letter or e-mail. Clearly state that you are writing to announce the retirement of the employee from the position she held at your organisation. Be sure to include the full title of that position.

  2. 2

    Give a brief overview of the retiree's professional history in the next paragraph. Note how many years she has been with the company. Detail her starting position and subsequent promotions, if applicable. Make it evident how valuable she has been to the organisation.

  3. 3

    Include a paragraph stating how much the company appreciates the contributions that employee has made over the years. Offer information about when a retirement party will be held, where it will be and how to RSVP.

  4. 4

    Conclude with a brief paragraph reiterating that the employee will be missed, and ask the email recipients to join you in wishing the retiree all the best in her retirement.

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