Farewell Speech for Your Boss Who Is Retiring

Updated on June 23, 2017
incomeguru profile image

Oyewole Folarin loves writing greeting-card messages and helping others find the words they need for life's special moments.

Writing a “Farewell Speech” for a Boss Who's Retiring

Your boss’s retirement is another chapter of their life. You can use that important event to bid adieu to them and to appreciate all their dedicated services to the organization, and also let them know how much you value their encouragement, inspiration, support, guidance, and leadership.

But maybe you’re having some trouble figuring out exactly how to write a great farewell speech for your boss or manager who is leaving the organization. Luckily, this article will guide you on how to go about the writing process.

Some of the things you need to consider and focus on in the writing process should include noting down all the beautiful memories of the past you have shared with them. Also, put down on paper all that you have learned working together, and all the skills and values your boss showed that inspired you and other colleagues at the workplace. Write from the heart, but be fair and honest enough when putting words together to describe your manager or employer that's leaving.

Now, how do you go about writing your own unique goodbye speech for your boss, manager, or supervisor who is retiring?

How to Write a Farewell Speech

Here are things you should have in mind if you are in the process of writing a farewell or goodbye speech to a retiring boss.

  • Opening: This is the introductory part of the speech presentation in which you need to greet your audience and state clearly the reason for the event. For example: “Good evening everyone. It is an honor and a great pleasure for me to deliver this farewell speech. Today, we are all here to bid goodbye to our great boss who retired from service.”
  • Body: Make your speech clear and understandable enough to the audience. Use short and simple sentences to express your important points. Remember to include some good qualities of the person who is leaving and some skills you have appreciated about him or her. Say something about how he or she has made a big difference in the workplace.
  • Conclusion: Summarize your strongest points and remember to show gratitude to your boss for all his or her time and efforts spent working in the organization. Also, wish him or her good luck in future endeavors.

Sample Farewell Speech

Good afternoon everyone,

I am delighted to welcome you to the farewell party. It is an honor and a great pleasure for me to deliver this speech. Today, we are all here to bid goodbye to our very good boss, an exceptional leader and a mentor who retired from active service.

It gives me great satisfaction to say that we must recognize, respect, and appreciate all the valuable skills, knowledge, and all the positive qualities that our amiable boss had instilled onto us and to thank him for all his time and efforts in shaping our profession. Of course, we all know how painful it is, to say goodbye to a very friendly boss and a father. However, we all need to express our sincerest gratitude to him for all his uncommon contributions not only to this organization but toward every staff career progression.

He spent 15 years guiding and inspiring everyone in the workplace; it seems like it was yesterday we started to work under him. Sir, you have given us so many opportunities to be thankful for. I see myself and my colleagues as lucky to have worked under your leadership. Words are not enough to express how much we are going to miss you.

You will be remembered for the great things that you have done not only for this company but for every staff in the workplace. If it had been possible for us to stop your retirement, or decrease your age and increase the number of years left to continue with what you know how to do best—creating a peaceful workplace for the superiors and subordinates to work together in harmony—we would have done that for you. However, it is your turn today. Our own retirement period is also waiting around the corner when someone else will have to bid us goodbye just like we are doing for you today.

I am also delighted to have witnessed today’s event, and proud to have worked under your leadership. Not only are you an amazing boss, but you have shown yourself to be a loving and caring person. I remember when I was sick and had lost all hope of ever getting on with this job, you counseled me, gave me moral support, and prayed for a miraculous healing from the illness. During that difficult time, all your words of encouragement, inspiration, and kindly support put me back on track for optimal job performance. I will never forget the positive influence that you have made on my life.

Through your compassionate heart and support, you have put smiles on many faces. Your leadership made working in the office easy and enjoyable. Thank you for opening many opportunities for me and my coworkers and for being so passionate about our well-being and career advancement.

I remember when the company was facing some financial difficulties, with your professional skills and knowledge in making quick decisions in a very hostile situation; you were able to bring back hope to the organization even beyond our expectations. Indeed, your exceptional qualities have inspired us in so many ways. For that, we cannot thank you enough — the sweet memories of ever working with you will remain in our hearts forever.

Thank you for all your support and encouragement, you are the best boss we have ever worked with. Your many contributions to our success are immeasurable. You have contributed immensely to the company’s success in so many ways. It is no gain saying that it will be difficult for anyone to surpass the good examples that you are leaving behind.

Our very good outgoing boss has put in great efforts in instilling values, such as determination, tolerance, equity, kindness, honesty, patience, and professional skills that are needed to get on with the job even in his absence. You have worked assiduously; now it is time to enjoy all that you have labored for all over the years and live life happily without any stress. As you join the seniors of this great country, I pray that God continues to grant you sound health, mercy and blessings. And may you find life after retirement a happy moment with endless sweet memories.

On behalf of the company and my colleagues, I wish you good luck and full success in future endeavors.

Thank you.

Some Ideas of Words to Use

You can use some of these words to describe your boss.

Did you find this article helpful?

See results

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2016 Oyewole Folarin


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Edgar garcia 

      10 days ago

      I find this to be very helpful.

    • profile image

      Ramjit sinha 

      5 months ago

      Very nice.

    • profile image

      Sujitha pallathe 

      5 months ago

      Got a proper guidance. Extremely useful in my career.

    • profile image


      6 months ago

      Very useful for me...very effective

    • profile image


      6 months ago

      Great write up..you saved me.

    • profile image


      6 months ago

      Nice write up ,thank you verymuch

    • profile image

      Thanks soo much bubby u are of great help..its a nice one 

      11 months ago

      Thanks so much buddy,,,its a nice one.

    • profile image


      11 months ago

      Really very good speech...cheerful one....thanks for posting☺

    • profile image

      mangesh deshmukh 

      14 months ago


    • profile image

      Ankur Agrawal 

      14 months ago

      Very nice write up.

    • profile image

      Sherly George 

      14 months ago

      Very useful write-up

    • profile image

      Prateek dham 

      15 months ago

      Very good writing like it very much

    • profile image


      15 months ago

      thank you for posting ..it is useful to me.

    • profile image


      17 months ago

      Well Done! Thoughtful & Cheerful!

    • profile image


      17 months ago

      Thank you for posting a very useful write up .

    • profile image

      Joseph NK Kolleh 

      19 months ago

      Million thanks to those who contributed resourceful article

    • profile image


      22 months ago

      A very good write up. I really like it.

    • profile image


      23 months ago

      A very nice write up. Very useful .Thank a millon times.

    • profile image


      24 months ago

      A very good piece of work, it is very helpful for learners.

    • profile image


      2 years ago

      A good one.

    • profile image


      2 years ago

      Nice one. Can be improved by adding some thing about family and post retirement living etc


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, toughnickel.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://toughnickel.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)