When people retire, writing a message in their retirement card can be difficult. These retirement wishes are great examples you can use to help you figure out what to write. Many people write something sincere, but you can write a funny retirement message too. Keep in mind that retirees can have mixed feelings about leaving the workforce. For some, retirement is bittersweet while others may only see it as a chance for freedom from the daily grind.
Funny Retirement Messages
There's one thing you should never do when you're retired. Never WORK! You won't get paid anymore.
I would like to extend my condolences to your employer for the devastating loss. Happy retirement!
Usually words that start with "re" mean more than once, but I'm hoping that you can just "tire" without having to do it again.
You've worked yourself out of a job and had to let your boss go. Way to go!
You better work harder than you've ever worked in your life. Your retirement is your new mission!
Word of your retirement got around and the company’s stock prices have soared. Everyone knows that they can hire someone, younger, smarter, and harder working to do two times the work you used to do at half the cost. Congratulations to you and the shareholders!
It seems that you spend most of your working years trying to focus on the positives of your job to make it bearable. Now it’s time to focus on all the negatives about working to make your retirement more pleasurable.
You are retired but not expired!
When you think about the millions that you have made during your working years, it almost makes it seem worth it that you gave up a third of your life to be a slave to the corporation. Congratulations on the end of your servitude!
Retirement is just practice for the rest and relaxation you’ll get in heaven, but I think you need a lot of practice here on Earth.
Now that you are done making the world a better place through your career, you have bigger and better things to focus on. You can make a big difference in your grandkid’s lives. We’re looking forward to spending some of your extra time with you.
Retirement is not a work status, it’s an attitude.
If you break down the word re-tired, it seems like it should be about getting tired for a second time.
Sincere Retirement Wishes
I hope you are even more active and hard working toward your retirement than you were working.
I'm impressed by your long career. I hope you get to have a kick back now for at least a couple days. Enjoy your retirement. You’ve worked hard for it.
Even though you’re leaving us, we know you’ll have a great time. Retiring is not a sad ending. It’s a chance to let loose and totally unwind.
Even though you’re through with work, we know you’ll be busier than ever. There is no rest for the wicked!
Congratulations on your retirement. Have an adventure in your new life. Celebrate an end of an era and the start of a brand new chapter.
You’ve been a valued member of our team, and we wish you the very best. We know you’ll be successful in this bright future adventure. Retiring is a chance to throw off your shackles and roar.
Retirement is life’s encore. You’ve put in an awe inspiring performance, and now it’s time to take a bow and get on with the real show.
Congratulations on your retirement. Your experience, knowledge, dedication and presence will be sorely missed. Best of luck in your brand new adventure!
Don’t be alarmed. You’re retiring from your 9 to 5, but not from life. We have faith in you, and we know you’ll succeed in this brand new journey.
We still can’t imagine working here without you, but I guess we’ll have to manage somehow. Thank you for your years of dedicated service.
Now that you’re retired you have time for nobler things like golf, knitting, and working here as a volunteer.
You’re starting a new journey and exceptional chapter of your life. I hope your days will be filled with elation and triumph. Thank you for your integrity and dedication.
All your hard work and years of service have finally paid off.
Congratulations on your retirement. Enjoy your new free time doing all
the things that you want to do.
you never had to work another day in your life, what would you do?
That's the question to answer to find your true passion. It's a
question for which you will soon find the answer.
did a lot of important things while at work, and I hope you
continue to do a lot of important things in your retirement.
Retirement Messages for Coworkers
It was a pleasure working with you and getting to know you. Have an awesome retirement!
I wish you an amazing retirement, even though I feel a little jealous that it's not me retiring.
If anyone deserves a great retirement it's you. You have worked hard for so many years. Best wishes!
I hope you continue your retirement, since you started your retirement unofficially long ago.
You never really get to retire, you just get a new boss. Good luck with your new boss.
Just think. Retirement is the last life milestone before you... Never mind.
Have fun with all the stuff you plan to do during your retirement.
Best wishes with your new full time jobs fishing, tinkering around, or playing golf.
I wish you tons of extra time to spend with family and friends. Happy retirement!
Expect me to drop the grand kids off a lot more often now that I know you will have a lot more time.
I hope your retirement is the best time of your life! Enjoy!
I would sincerely wish you a happy retirement if I wasn't so jealous of you. So I will insincerely wish you a happy retirement.
You deserve to retire almost as much as me. You're the second hardest worker I know!
I might still need to call you for work advice. I hope you don't mind doing some consulting work.
I will be a little more difficult around here without you, but I'll try to manage. It'll be one more reason for me to look forward to my own retirement.
Retirement is the reward you get for putting up with coworkers like me for many years. I wish you the best!
How to Wish Someone a Happy Retirement
Here's a video of someone named Darlene who is retiring from working in the Minneapolis Public Schools. You can get some great ideas of candid responses from people who are asked to give her some retirement wishes on camera.
These are perfect examples of what you could use to say in person, write in a card, or even use in a retirement congratulations speech. Notice some people give very personal messages, others try to be funny, and some just give a general average retirement wish.
Use your personality to figure out what to say. The retiree will enjoy it more the more personal you make your message, so try to fit in something that is unique to the person just like these examples. A good example is when one person says, "You've saved my life like 12 times." This is going to be more meaningful than just saying, "have fun during your retirement."