Blake started out scribbling in cards over 30 years ago. Though his handwriting is mostly unchanged, the content has improved.
Sending your retirement wishes is a good way to honor hard work. The best messages acknowledge accomplishments, use a little humor, and wish the retiree a great future.
Even with great intentions and efforts, retirement messages can be difficult to write for a co-worker. If you have to remain in the workforce yourself, you might find that you feel envious when someone retires. Don't let your envy prevent you from wishing a retiree a happy retirement. Keep in mind all the time they invested at work to achieve this goal.
Below you will find a collection of examples that can be written in a retirement card or used in a speech. Customize these for the retiree you know.
Congratulatory Retirement Messages
- Enjoy your new status as a retiree! It's the last time you'll need to start a new job.
- Don't forget to spend a little of your extra time with us. We're so happy for you!
- I have to be honest with you. I'm a little jealous.
- Time to relax and do whatever you want! Congratulations!
- It's great to see someone retire who is as deserving as you. Make sure you work just as hard at relaxing as you have in your long career.
- Your career has earned you money over the years, but now you get to cash in on all the time you've earned. Spend it well.
- I am happy to see you retire at just the perfect time. Actually, any time is the perfect time to retire.
- You are one of the hardest workers I have ever known. You deserve a great retirement, but I know you will still keep yourself busy.
- This is the beginning of the rest of your life and the rest of your life. Congratulations on your retirement.
- Best wishes for an awesome retirement. Keep working hard, but be your own boss.
- Just as your work has been long and satisfying, we wish you a long and satisfying retirement.
- Congratulations on your retirement! If you get bored, you know you can call and hang out with us.
- We'll miss you. You are one of a kind and not easily replaced.
- You will remembered for the things that you did here. Thanks for your years of hard work and dedication. Congratulations on your retirement.
- We're glad that you are retiring, and we are looking forward to spending more time with you. Best wishes.
- Retirement is the working person's wish come true. Here's to finally getting your wishes granted!
- You can be taken out of the workforce, but the work force can never be taken out of you. I am confident you'll never stop working on things you love to do.
- To stay balanced in life, work like you're retired and retire like it's your job.
- If you found happiness or fulfillment in the workforce, then it's likely you'll do the same now that even more possibilities are open to you.
Funny Retirement Wishes
- It's time to take some time off!
- God retired after just 6 days of creating the heavens and the earth. What took you so long?
- Now you get a new boss who knows about your true work ethic, organizational skills, and excuses. Spouses make the toughest bosses. Good luck!
- There are all sorts of things that you will have to learn how to do off the clock now, like making coffee.
- You're used to multitasking. Whatever you did, you were making money at the same time. Now you will be able to focus on one important thing: keeping your money.
- Best wishes in your retirement. Here's to watching your grandkids instead of the bottom line.
- No one ever stops working, they just get a new boss. Your boss lives in your own house. Good luck getting time off.
- Don't worry about having enough money to retire. You only need a lot of money if you plan on living a long time.
- Think about the thousands or even millions you have earned over the years in your career, then ask yourself why you weren't able to retire much earlier.
- If we could all have the same attitude you've had these last days before retirement, we'd all be a lot less stressed at work. Nothing would get done around here either, but that's not the point.
- Your new job is to ensure that you enjoy your retirement. The hours are flexible, and you have complete autonomy.
- Re-tiring is when you replace old tires with new tires. Isn't that more like what your employer is doing?
- You can put new tires on an old car. That's what you are doing now, 'retiring.'
Sometimes it is appropriate to use a quote in a card. This can add humor or depth to your words.
- "Sooner or later I'm going to die, but I'm not going to retire." —Margaret Mead
- "A retired husband is often a wife's full-time job." —Ella Harris
- "Don't simply retire from something; have something to retire to." —Harry Emerson Frosdick
5 Tips for Writing a Great Retirement Card Message
Use these tips to help guide your thoughts about what to write in a retirement card:
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- Consider the person's situation: If the person really loved their job, then he or she might really miss work in retirement. It's okay to acknowledge that.
- Make your retirement message original: They will get a hundred messages like, "Best wishes on your retirement." Give your words a little more thought.
- Be careful with the humor: If you've ever worked any job, you know that some coworkers have a sense of humor and others are just grumpy. It's the same with retirees, although you are more likely to get away with humor now that the work is over.
- Acknowledge hard work: Let the retiree know that you realize how much he or she worked and contributed to the company or to society.
- Wish the retiree a great retirement: It seems obvious, but you might forget to send happy retirement wishes. Close your message with something like, "Best wishes for a long and happy retirement."
Aloke Majumdar on July 22, 2017:
I'm a retired person. This write-up has given me a direction to fallow the rest of my life and I will pass on this to my retired & going to retired friends.
RAMESH BHATIA on May 13, 2017:
Your new job is to ensure that you enjoy your retirement. The hours are flexible, and you have complete autonomy.
Eugeny on October 26, 2016:
Interesting, funny but too late! It's too late to make a "retirement gift" when a person is already retired. Financial education is the best retirement gift that must be given not to a senior but an 18yo person. This person should know that retirement depends on his/her financial habits. They must put aside as much money as they can. At least, they should start using social services like EvoShare.com that put cash-back into retirement accounts. Social Security is broke. Future is in our hands only. Put that on a card!
sandeep Thube patil on October 01, 2015:
The hard work days are over,
The days for relaxing has come
Hope you start
Your next relaxing life