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Farewell Speech for a Colleague who is Leaving

Updated on May 7, 2017
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Farewell Speech for a Colleague
Farewell Speech for a Colleague

Writing a "Farewell Speech" for a Colleague That's Leaving

Need to write a farewell or goodbye speech for a colleague or employee that is leaving the company and don’t know how to go about doing it? This article contains samples that you can use to help you get ideas on what to write or say in a speech for someone that announces their resignation, retirement, promotion, or transfer to another organization. You'll also discover how to write a speech if you're the one moving.

Here you'll find:

  • What to say in a farewell speech for a colleague and friend
  • Sample speech for a colleague
  • Sample speech by a colleague
  • Some ideas of words to use

What to Say in a Farewell Speech for a Colleague and Friend

Tips:

  • A brief description: Put down on a paper those skills, achievements, and attributes that best describes the person. Make sure you are fair and honest about adjectives to use to describe him or her.
  • What you have learned working together: Write some professional skills that you have gained from him or her over the years. And how that has prepared you and your colleagues to be sound professionals.
  • Express your appreciation: Say thanks for all the sweet memories you shared with him or her. And remember to wish the person good luck and all the best in future endeavors.

For a Colleague That's Leaving

Sample Speech #1

Good afternoon everyone,

As we all know, we have gathered here this afternoon to say goodbye to a colleague who is leaving us today to start another phase of his career life as the [insert his new position] of a multinational company in the United States of America. And to use this opportunity to express the organization’s profound gratitude for his hard work and time he spent working with us.

He is a remarkable colleague and friend who has spent 10 years working with us, and the roles that he played had really made a big difference in the workplace, especially when it comes to meeting and sometimes exceeding the targets set by the company.

He is active, cheerful, productive, initiator, industrious, honest, friendly, reliable, persistent, resourceful, talented, loyal, self-disciplined and broad-minded. These, are few of some positive qualities that I could remember which best describe our colleague who is leaving us.

We will miss your valuable contributions in getting the job done perfectly and without any delay whatsoever. Indeed, you are a mentor and inspiration to many of us in the workplace. I look around and I begin to imagine, who that person will be to fill the void you’re creating today. I mean a staff that will always be willing to assist other colleagues on their project, someone who is insightful, analytical and who can work under pressure with little or no supervision.

We are proud to have been a friend and colleague to such an achiever who worked hard and tirelessly to deliver excellent results in the workplace. And who during his time working with us had magnanimously trained others who can handle the job better even after he is no more working with this organization. Today, I am happy and confident enough to say that we can get on with the job without stress.

Your uncommon contributions towards our success at work and the company outstanding performance will stay in our hearts forever. Certainly, there is no gainsaying that we met and surpassed the company’s expectations for the mid-year much to your dedicated support and creative mind. Although, your leaving made us sad but the sweet memories of ever working with you will be remembered always.

With a grateful heart, I say thank you for making work fun and for all those sweet memories which we shared together in this workplace. I wish you good luck and all the best in your new position as you move to higher level. May you find your new place enjoyable and fun more than you had with us here.

Thank you for everything.

If You're the One Leaving the Company

Sample Speech #2

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

Let me start by thanking everyone for this memorable farewell party that is organized purposely for me today. As you all know by now, it is no longer a rumor that I am moving to head the regional office in New York.

I must say that I still find it difficult to believe that I am leaving those who have been very helpful to me right from my day one in this organization so soon. Those who made me who I am today, no matter how much distress my leaving has caused you, we need to remember one fact that it is impossible for us to stay together for life. If you are not transferred, one might decide to resign from work or get retired from service. Leaving you so soon is not what I planned for but the decision of the board of directors.

The skills and knowledge that I have learned working with you will be helpful to me in my new role. I really enjoyed every moment working with you. You have all inspired me with your level of reasoning and professionalism and that has always encouraged me to think deeply about the future of my career. Open-minded, self-reliant, trustworthy, focused, enterprising, self-disciplined, hard work, persistent, respectful and perseverance are few of the good qualities that you have instilled in me.

I want to thank this organization and everyone for the faith you have in me, and for the unflinching motivation over the years. I promise you today that I will never let you down in this new role.

With a grateful heart, I say thank you for all the support, friendship, encouragement and cooperation you have shown to me over the years. The sweet memories which we shared together will remain in my heart forever. I wish you success and happiness in the workplace and in your various homes.

Thank you for everything.

Some Ideas of Words to Use

 
 
 
competent
passionate
intelligent
visionary
dedicated
cooperative
team-player
open-minded
broad-minded
fair-minded
courageous
honest
caring
imaginative
quick-learner
efficient
innovative
trustworthy
warm
self-reliant
sincere
wise
modest
result-oriented
You can use these positive words to describe employees strengths and attributes. These words will likely get you inspired to start writing your own unique farewell or goodbye speech.

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