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Thank-You Notes, Quotes, and Appreciation Messages for a Boss

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Make sure your boss knows how much you appreciate them!

Make sure your boss knows how much you appreciate them!

Ways to Say "Thank You" to a Boss or Manager

It can be hard to figure out what to write when you want to tell your boss how much you appreciate them, but don't let that keep you from thanking someone who has been important in your life.

Here are some messages and quotes that you can write in a greeting card or send in an email to thank your employer or manager for guiding, inspiring, encouraging, supporting, and motivating you. In addition to several example emails, this article also contains a few tips on how to make your thank-you letter as impactful as possible.

Remember that at the end of the day, even the simplest "thank you" can mean so much! But if you want to take your note to the next level, I hope these messages will help inspire you.

Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.

— Margaret Cousins

Including a quote in your thank-you is a great way to express your gratitude.

Including a quote in your thank-you is a great way to express your gratitude.

Thank-You Quotes for Your Boss

If you're struggling to find the right words to thank your boss, a quote might be the right answer.

  • “No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.” —Alfred North Whitehead
  • “None of us got to where we are alone. Whether the assistance we received was obvious or subtle, acknowledging someone’s help is a big part of understanding the importance of saying thank you.” —Harvey Mackay
  • “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” —John F. Kennedy
  • “Appreciation is a wonderful thing: it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” —Voltaire
  • “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” —Albert Schweitzer

If the world had more people like you it would be a better place. You do make a difference.

— Catherine Pulsifer

  • “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” —Dalai Lama
  • “Your guidance and patience no matter what I was doing has helped develop me into the person I am today, thank you!” —Catherine Pulsifer
  • “When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” —Vietnamese Proverb
  • “Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” —Unknown
  • “I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks.” —William Shakespeare
Has your manager made a huge impact on your life and career? Let them know how grateful you are.

Has your manager made a huge impact on your life and career? Let them know how grateful you are.

20 Farewell Messages for a Boss or Manager Who Is Leaving

  1. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you for being my manager and mentor. You helped shape my career and professional life and showed me how to transform my mistakes into skills. I really appreciate everything you have taught me!
  2. Your leadership skills made you the perfect person to manage our team, even with our diverse professional backgrounds. You made it look easy, even though I know how challenging it must have been at times. I’m proud to have learned some of those skills from you. Thank you for your guidance. You will be missed!
  3. Words can neither qualify nor quantify how helpful your guidance and advice has been. I am forever grateful for your support!
  4. You have been a great manager, mentor, teacher, and guide. Your support and advice have helped shape my professional career. Thank you for being the best boss ever!
  5. The success I've had in my career is due in no small part to your support and encouragement. I appreciate you so much and value everything that I have learned from you.
  6. Thank you for being our manager and role model. We appreciate all the knowledge and skills you've imparted to us. You are a great leader!
  7. Your leadership and words of encouragement mean a lot to me. I’m very grateful for the opportunities you have given me. Thank you once again for all your time and support!
  8. I would like to express my profound gratitude for the invaluable experience that I've gained from you. You have been an exemplary boss and manager, and I wouldn't be where I am today without you. Thank you!
  9. Please accept this thank-you card as an expression of my deep appreciation for your guidance and support. You have been an amazing manager. Thank you for always making me feel heard and having my best interests at heart. You will be missed!
  10. I would like to express my gratitude to you for being a role model and an inspiration. Your guidance and support were a seemingly inexhaustible resource that I'm afraid I took for granted. But now that you're leaving, I know just how lucky I've been to have you as a manager. Thank you for teaching me so much.
  11. The quality of your leadership has been an inspiration to me. Thank you so much for being a wonderful boss.
  12. Your guidance and advice helped brighten my career and professional life. Thank you for being the best manager in the world!
  13. It's not easy to find a true leader to look up to, so it’s been a wonderful experience to work with a great boss like you. Thank you for sharing your expertise and for helping me establish myself as an expert in my field. I wouldn't be where I am now without your help and guidance!
  14. The whole team would like to express our gratitude to you for being an inspiration to us. Thank you so much for everything! We will miss you!
  15. Working under your leadership was a great chance for me to grow professionally and take the next step in my career. Thank you for your support and for pushing me to do my best!
  16. I would like to thank you for all that you have done for me. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you and have enjoyed my time working under your leadership. You taught me many invaluable lessons that I will carry with me forever. Thank you so much!
  17. You inspired me during difficult times when I needed words of encouragement. Thank you for all your support and advice. You are truly an excellent manager, and I count myself lucky to have worked with you. You will be dearly missed.
  18. I will forever be grateful for the knowledge and skills that I have gained working under you. Thank you!
  19. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. I hope that I am able to work with you again in the future!
  20. You’re the best boss I could ever have dreamed of working with. Thank you for your support and inspiration!

Sample Farewell Email for a Manager

Dear ________,

I wanted to write to say thank you for being a fantastic boss, mentor, and friend. You have taught me so much in my time here, and I honestly can’t thank you enough for your kindness, generosity, and support.

You are a role model for me and many others in our organization, and though I am sad to see you go, I know that you will excel in whatever you do next. I’m grateful for the time that we’ve been able to work together and am happy knowing that you will go on to affect many others in your career.

Thanks again, and best of luck.

(Your Name)

Has your manager gone above and beyond to advocate for you? Don't let that vote of confidence go unthanked.

Has your manager gone above and beyond to advocate for you? Don't let that vote of confidence go unthanked.

10 Thank-You Messages for a Promotion or Opportunity

  1. Thank you so much for the promotion and for having faith in me. I feel very grateful to have a boss who appreciates and values her employees. I look forward to continuing to do great work with you.
  2. Thank you again for the promotion. Your confidence means a lot to me, and I look forward to fulfilling my role.
  3. This promotion means a lot to me. You have taught me so much, and I know there’s even more to learn as I take on these new responsibilities. Thank you again for this opportunity!
  4. I am very excited by this promotion and by the opportunity to continue doing great work with you at this company. Thank you!
  5. It means so much to me that you have faith in my abilities to take on a managerial role. I feel confident that I will do a good job because you have been an excellent example for me. Thank you again!
  6. Thank you for believing in me! I’m so excited about this promotion and can’t wait to get started. Let’s get to work!
  7. You have taught me so much since I started working here, and I look forward to continuing to do great work with you in my new role. Thank you for the promotion!
  8. Wow. I am so thankful for this opportunity. Thank you for believing in me and showing me how to leverage my skills and talent.
  9. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to lead this project. I’m so grateful for all the help and guidance you’ve provided me over the years. To a bright future!
  10. I’m so excited about this promotion. Thank you for being my advocate and for helping me gain the skills I needed to be able to take this on!

Example Thank-You Email for a Promotion

Dear _____,

Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. I have worked very hard to gain the skills and experience necessary to do this job well, and I am grateful that my efforts have been noticed and rewarded.

I’m very excited about my new role and look forward to learning as much as possible and fulfilling your expectations of me.

Thank you so much for having faith in me and my abilities—I know I will continue to learn from your example.

Thanks again,

(Your Name)

Good work deserves recognition. Here are a few ways to thank your manager for noticing all your hard work and rewarding you for it.

Good work deserves recognition. Here are a few ways to thank your manager for noticing all your hard work and rewarding you for it.

10 Ways to Say Thanks for a Raise or Bonus

  1. Thank you so much for the raise. I am very appreciative of the support that you have shown me and am grateful for the way that you have been my advocate in this organization. You are a fantastic leader and I look forward to continuing to work with you.
  2. Let’s go to lunch sometime—on me. Thank you for the raise!
  3. This raise means so much to me. It shows that you have faith in my abilities and are confident in my role at this company. I look forward to continuing to work hard and improve. Thanks again!
  4. Thank you for the bonus. Our team worked really hard last year, and it means a lot to me that our efforts were noticed. Thanks again!
  5. Thank you for the raise. It means so much to me that my hard work is being noticed and appreciated. Thanks again!
  6. Thank you so much for the raise. I look forward to doing more great work with you at this company. Drinks on me tonight!
  7. Thank you for the raise. I appreciate your faith in me and in my role at this company. Thanks again.
  8. I am so humbled by this bonus. I feel very grateful to be a part of a company that cares so much about its employees and is always looking out for their best interest.
  9. Thank you so much for the raise, for your support, and for your investment in my time at this company. I am so happy to be a part of this organization.
  10. Thank you for the raise! I will work as hard as ever and do my best to never let you down. Thanks again.
Sometimes a short and sweet thank-you note says the most.

Sometimes a short and sweet thank-you note says the most.

10 Short "Thank You" Messages for a Manager

  1. Thanks for helping me identify my talents and work towards pursuing them!
  2. Thank you for all the opportunities you have given me to advance my career!
  3. Your guidance has been so important in shaping my professional life. Thank you!
  4. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of your team. You bring out the best in me!
  5. Thank you for being a manager and mentor who cares so much about his employees!
  6. Thank you for recognizing and rewarding my contributions at work!
  7. Thank you for imparting knowledge and skills that have helped further my career and professional life.
  8. I can't thank you enough for everything you've taught me. I feel so lucky to have you as a manager!
  9. You are a fantastic manager! Thank you for always supporting me, teaching me, and sticking up for me.
  10. Please accept my deepest thanks for everything you've done and continue to do for me. I am so grateful to have you as a manager!

10 Simple Appreciation Messages for Your Boss

  1. You make it easy to want to work hard. Thanks for being a great manager.
  2. I admire your leadership and decision-making skills. I look forward to continuing to learn from you and appreciate all your encouragement and support. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for all that you do!
  3. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to work with you. Your kind words, guidance, and encouragement mean a lot to me. You are truly an inspiration!
  4. Your time and effort mean a lot to me, and I appreciate all that you do to advocate for me. Thanks for being an amazing manager!
  5. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement and for the inspiration that you provide every day. I feel so lucky to work for you!
  6. I have learned so many important lessons from you. Thank you for helping me improve my leadership skills and abilities. You’re a fantastic manager and teacher.
  7. Since I started working with you, I have learned so much that has helped me become a better professional and a better person. Thank you for being such a patient and dedicated mentor!
  8. You are a wonderful boss who knows how to bring out the best in your employees. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for all your support and encouragement!
  9. You are so helpful, kind, and generous with your time and energy. Thank you so much for being an excellent manager!
  10. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you as my manager and friend. You are so skilled and have much to teach, and I am grateful for every opportunity I get to learn from you. Thank you!
A good manager isn't something to take for granted!

A good manager isn't something to take for granted!

How to Write a Thank-You Letter to Your Boss

Writing a thank-you letter to a boss does not have to be daunting, though it can seem that way at times. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  • Express what you are thankful for in a simple and polite way. Try saying it out loud first—just say the words that you're trying to express. Once you've tried several ways to say it out loud, try writing one down.
  • Give some specific examples of what you appreciate about them. Are they always on time? Do they remember important events in your life? Do they conduct all of their business fairly?
  • End your note with a look towards the future—something like "I look forward to continuing to work together."
  • Close your letter with “Sincerely yours,” “Respectfully yours,” “Yours truly,” or “Best wishes.”

Sample Thank-You Letter for a Boss

Dear ______,

I would like to thank you for your encouragement and support over the years. You are an exceptional boss who always has his employees' best interests in mind, and your leadership qualities and support have earned you much-deserved respect.

Thank you for being the friendly and open-minded boss that you are. Your support has furthered my career beyond measure, and your generosity will remain in my heart forever. I appreciate your help so much.

Thanks again for everything.

Best regards,

(Your Name)

A Simple "Thank You" Can Mean So Much

Whether you share your gratitude via a handwritten letter, an email, or in person, your words have power. I hope this article has helped you find the right way to thank your boss or manager for all that they have done for you.

Please share your thoughts or your own messages in the comments below!

© 2016 Oyewole Folarin

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