How To Write A Letter Of Retirement

hello I'm Rupert Morris and the founder

and chairman of clarity the writing

experts today I'm going to give you some

tips on writing letters in various

different contexts retirement is not a

spur-of-the-moment decision so this

should be a spur-of-the-moment letter

you obviously need to take quite a lot

of trouble over it and you won't write

it until you've had probably several

meetings with your line manager the head

of HR or whoever it is that you have to

sort these things out with so the first

thing you've got to clarify and that

needs to be in your letter is the terms

of your retirement now obviously you

will have calculated the sum that's owed

to you you may have a lump sum there may

be an annuity there may be some sort of

cash settlement some financial

settlement there's then there's going to

be the matter of pension there may be

health insurance there may be all sorts

of other benefits you'll know what they

are make sure you put them all in your

retirement letter so that's the first

thing the terms now the second thing

you'll probably want to address is the

reasons for your retirement actually the

reasons don't matter you may be retiring

earlier than you would like they may

have asked you to retire

well you may be retiring early because

you're glad to get out of that the read

don't go into the reasons and this is

like the letter of resignation this is

where you must remember not to burn your

bridges even if you think now that

you're just glad to get out of that

place and wild horses wouldn't drag you

back you may feel differently in a

year's time a lot of people do a lot of

people take retirement and then because

they were very useful in their role

they're called upon perhaps a year later

you may find that useful you don't

you're entering uncharted territory

whose retirement you don't know how

you're going to

so keep your options open don't go into

the reasons for your

the thing you want to do is just recap

on your time there look back fondly

picks and highlights talk about some of

the people you've enjoyed working with

you don't have to write a lot but you

want to write something that says my

time with the organization was

worthwhile and these were some of the

features of it

then at the end you want to look forward

you want to wish the organization well

and and your colleagues and you want to

look forward for yourself to whatever it

is tending your flowerbeds fishing

whatever your next project so that's the

way to finish and you want to leave that

warm feeling behind because you never

know when you might run into those

people again or when they might want you

back and you might suddenly