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Need some retirement card ideas for your co-worker? We've found several retirement sayings that will fit their personality. Being a Boomer, my friends are.

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Happy retirement sayings

Some people just know how to bring out the best in others. You are this type of coworker! Thank you for everything you did. Good bye and good luck!
Now as you retire, we are missing our great colleague at work. Wishing you a stress-free life full of success and happiness!
A successful team is a group of many hands but of one mind. We were glad to work with a boss like you and wish you a happy retirement!
Your life's work has made a difference! Knowing that have a relaxing retirement.
Wishing a very special person a fulfilling retirement. May your new journey be filled with joy!
You made this a great place to work! We will miss your smiling face, and hope that you'll visit us when you have time. Farewell partner!
Thanks for making our work life much easier and funny. Now you can unwind your mind and spend some time with your family and best friends. May you get the best of everything in life.

Well wishes for retiring colleague

You was the best co-worker anyone could ever wish for! I'm sure you will meet new challenges with your usual optimism. You will certainly be missed here.
As your career comes to an end, please know that your influence carries on. Countless lives have been impacted through the knowledge you have imparted. Hoping your retirement is everything you ever dreamed it could be.
You have done a super job at the company. Thanks for everything. Hope you'll enjoy every minute of your retirement. You will be missed, but never forgotten.
Retirement ads 5 days to your weekend! Enjoy it!
Thank you for all of your dedication. Now you can relax and enjoy the scenery around you!
You have worked so hard for this day to come and have done such a wonderful job. May you have a relaxing retirement, knowing that your life's work has made a difference!
Best wishes for a fun-filled but relaxing retirement. I'll think of you often. But now forget all meetings and worries - it's your day!

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Make your retirement message original: They will get a hundred messages like, " Best wishes on your retirement." Give your words a little more.

Retirement Messages to Write in a Card

phrases for retirement wishes

Emperor Akihito has had to wait until the age of 85 and the passing of a special law to step down from his job, but for the rest of us, formal retirement typically comes in our 60s.

退職 (taishoku) is the common term used to refer to retirement, while the act of retiring gets suru treatment: 退職する (taishoku suru). The verb can also be used when you want to quit a job in general, though, so to be more specific just add 定年 (teinen, age of retirement) to make it clear that someone’s career is coming to a close: 田中さんが定年退職するので、送別会を開きましょう (Tanaka-san ga teinen taishoku suru no de, sōbetsukai o hirakimashō, Ms. Tanaka is retiring so let’s throw her a farewell party).

The kanji 退 has the meaning of retreating or withdrawing, and you’ll also see it in media coverage of the Emperor’s 退位 (taii, abdication) this week. Us common folk, however, have more chances to use it via the word 退社 (taisha). You’ll see it on Japanese 履歴書 (rirekisho, resumes) tacked on the end of a company’s name. However, in daily conversation the verb 退社する (taisha suru) can be used to mean both “quit a job” or to simply “leave the office” at the end of the work day.

It can be a little hard to pinpoint the exact age for 定年になる (teinen ni naru, hitting retirement) in Japan. Based on a survey in 2016, some 95 percent of Japanese firms follow a 定年制 (teinensei, a set age for retirement) and nearly 81 percent have designated that age as 60. However, ちょっと困ったことになる (chotto komatta koto ni naru, this becomes a bit of a problem) because 年金 (nenkin, pension) doesn’t kick in until the age of 65.

A workaround is provided through the 再雇用制度 (saikoyō seido, re-employment system) followed by many companies. Upon retiring at 60, employees are then hired back but typically at a lower position and for less money and shorter hours than previously.

Japanese companies will often throw a 送別会 when someone retires, a perfect opportunity to practice your Japanese. You can wish the retiree well with a polite (and pretty standard), “ご定年、おめでとうございます” (“Go-teinen, omedetō gozaimasu,” “Congratulations on your retirement”). Useful phrases for both the retiree and the coworkers seeing them off include: “長い間、お世話になりました” (“Nagai aida, o-sewa ni narimashita,” “Thank you for all your support [for such a long time]”) and a more general “今までありがとうございました” (“Ima made arigatō gozaimashita,” “Thanks for everything up till now”). It doesn’t hurt to add “どうぞ、お体に気をつけてください” (“Dōzo, o-karada ni ki o tsukete kudasai,” “Please take care of yourself”) for good measure.

Once you’ve left the rat race to start your 第二の人生 (dai-ni no jinsei, post-retirement stage of life) many things will change, including the amount of income you have coming in. Everyone in Japan between the ages of 20 and 59 must be registered for the 国民年金(kokumin nenkin, national pension system), while 厚生年金(kōsei nenkin, the employees’ pension insurance system) is additional coverage for those employed by a company or school, whereby both employee and employer make contributions. If you were employed by a company or school, you might also be lucky enough to get 退職金 (taishokukin, a retirement bonus) when you leave.

Those who are retired and receiving the pension become 年金生活者 (nenkin seikatsu-sha, pensioners) but the term is a bit technical and there are a slew of other ways to refer to the elderly in Japan. One such word is お年寄り (o-toshiyori), which comes complete with an honorific at the start of it. The term 老人 (rōjin) has the nuance of “aged,” and is used in the term 老人ホーム(rōjin hōmu, home for the elderly).

English is the source for a lot of positive-sounding words such as シニア (shinia, senior) and シルバー (shirubā, silver) and these are often seen in ads and catch copy aimed at the older generations.

And on the topic of English loanwords, I was surprised the first time I read about senior citizens attending デイケア (deikea, day care). They’re not attending a center for toddlers, which is more often referred to in Japanese as a 保育園 (hoikuen, nursery school). A Japanese デイケア is a program for the elderly that includes rehabilitation services. With the 高齢化社会 (kōreika shakai, aging society) well under way in Japan, デイケア might be a word you’ll be seeing more often.



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Retirement Wishes

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What Is Retirement—Really?

Retirement is the point in time when an employee chooses to leave his or her employment permanently. Retirement generally coincides with the employee's eligibility to collect retirement resources such as Social Security, a company pension, or distributions from a 401(k) or another retirement plan.

Eligibility for public and private retirement resources varies from country to country as does the retirement age.

An employee may choose retirement for reasons other than the wish to stop working. Employees may suffer ill health or debilitating physical problems that require retirement. Family problems and responsibilities may require retirement.

An employer may require employees to take early retirement in order to cut costs and preserve the business. Whatever the reason, retirement from employment marks the start of the next chapter of an employee's life.

Employees choose diverse methods of retirement. They may leave employment completely or start a second career or part-time work. They may semi-retire or pursue phased retirement during which they gradually decrease the number of hours worked. Some employees retire and then return to work for their same employer in a part-time, temporary, or consulting role.

Fortunately for retiring employees, many options exist to meet their financial, emotional, and social needs in retirement. With sufficient financial resources, the employee may decide to pursue interests other than work and career in retirement.

What Happens When a Coworker Retires?

When a coworker retires, coworkers generally sign the retirement card, participate in the scheduled festivities, and send personal greetings and gifts to honor the retirement occasion. Traditionally, when the momentous occasion of an employee retirement occurs, it is marked as a life passage into the next chapter for the employee.

The employer and the employee's colleagues use the retirement event as one last opportunity to express care and appreciation for a valued coworker. As a consequence, employers and coworkers, who know not what the future brings, want to wish the retiring employee a happy retirement. This is greatly appreciated by the employee who has decided to retire.

But, the employer and coworkers are often more hesitant about how to deliver their retirement wishes effectively and successfully. They frequently use standard gifts that will remind the employee of their workplace in the coming years. Engraved watches, plaques, and desk clocks are examples of a reminder retirement gift.

Retirement Wishes

Here are sample retirement wishes that you can customize for your own use when you have the opportunity to wish a treasured colleague all of the best in retirement. These retirement words wish the coworker the very best thoughts for the future. 

Read through these sample retirement words and wishes to find sentiments that echo your own feelings about a coworker.

  • We're really going to miss you! Hope you'll enjoy every minute of your retirement. Best wishes!
  • I hope you have a wonderful retirement! You will be missed, but never forgotten. You've done so much for all of us.
  • Best wishes for a very happy retirement. Thank you for everything you've done for me directly and indirectly; it's much appreciated and I shall miss working with you. And, of course, if you decide retirement means you've time to follow some artistic dreams, go for them...
  • Your guidance and encouragement have helped me and so many other coworkers thrive in a very competitive environment, and we've been so fortunate to have your expertise to rely on. You'll be missed, but I know your retirement is the right thing at this time. May the next phase of your life bring you all that you seek and more.
  • Recently I wished you congratulations on your retirement. But, I also want you to know what a blessing it's been to work with you over these past few years, and how much I will miss you. Then you responded to my note, and wouldn't you know it, your uplifting words encouraged me more than you could imagine. That's the special kind of person you are! 
  • You helped me so much and your thoughts were always well thought out and to the point. I truly appreciate everything you did for me over the years. You will be missed. I hope that you have something wonderful planned!
  • We'll miss you. But, the time is right for you. I sincerely hope that retirement is wonderful and I wish you lots of joyous time with your family.
  • Just wanted to say that I found so many of your ideas inspiring. It's hard to imagine our workplace without you! I hope retirement brings you the chance to do whatever it is that you always wanted to do but didn't get to. All the best!
  • To say you will be missed seems like such an understatement. You are one of those rare people who instantly became a friend instead of "just" a coworker. There are no words to truly reflect how much we will miss working with you. Not to worry, though, I'll stalk you on FaceBook. Now, get out there and show the world just how much fun you can make possible in retirement.
  • You have made such a difference with your constant optimism, enthusiasm and willingness to answer questions, no matter how stupid. Somehow, you were able to make what seemed complicated into something we could all be excited about and get behind. I know we'll all really miss you. Thank you for everything you've done and please enjoy yourself!
  • It has been a joy to work with someone so passionate, calm and professional all at the same time. While I've only had the chance to work with you briefly, it's clear that your dedication to our customers has made a huge positive impact on our company. I hope retirement brings you wonderful things. You will be greatly missed.
  • You have been so wonderful to work with—so many brilliant and creative ideas and suggestions that I've lost track - and you will be sorely missed. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with you. You're also a wonderful friend and I appreciate your friendship and caring more than I can say. Our friendship, which is near and dear to my heart, will continue, I know.
  • Working with you was such a pleasure. I always appreciated your thoughtful, steady approach to solving any problem large or small. You proved that it doesn't take a loud voice to accomplish tremendous things. Best of luck, and enjoy your retirement!
  • It was great working with you—your work truly made a lasting impact, and one that has changed the company for the better in so many ways. I always appreciated how you were readily available to lend an ear and help solve any problem. We will miss you very much, but I wish you the best in retirement! Thanks for everything!
  • I just want to say, "Thank You." You always listened, you always had something constructive to say, and you always offered support and encouragement with an unflagging spirit. I've learned so much from you, and I will miss working with you. Keep in touch, please. Now go... go on, get the skis out, find the canoe, get started on the "to be read" pile. Enjoy! You deserve it.
  • Working with you has been an immense pleasure for the past couple of years. Your graciousness about the people with whom you work, your delight in and your acknowledgment of their successes, and your ability to make them the heroes, has always impressed me. Your work brought a huge, new capacity to my work that is helping me to live out my own personal and professional mission. And, my audience benefits from your contributions every day. On a personal level, I have enjoyed our friendship and will delight in continuing it into your retirement, even when we no longer work together regularly.
  • While your lovely presence will be missed in the office, the great work you did here ensures that you will not be forgotten anytime soon. What you achieved at this company made quite an impact, and that’s not so easy to do these days. Thank you for being a tireless professional, a helpful coworker, and a good friend. Now go and relax!

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Best wishes for you on retirement, Enjoy your time with your family and . of your career as a sage who never follows his own wise words.

Retirement Wishes For Employee

phrases for retirement wishes

72 Best Retirement Quotes and Sayings and Wishes

Let these retirement quotes and sayings be ones that you share with the new retiree. Also find retirement wishes to send congrats! Retiring from work can be one of the best times of a person's life.

Best Retirement Quotes

  1. Retirement is a blank sheet of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something new and different.
    Patrick Foley, Winning at Retirement

  2. "Retirement gives you the time literally to recreate yourself through a sport, game, or hobby that you always wanted to try or that you haven't done in years."
    Steven D. Price, How to Survive Retirement

  3. Retirement is a new beginning, and that means closing the book on one chapter in order to begin the next.
    Sid Miramontes, Retirement: Your New Beginning

  4. "Retirement, a time to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, where you want to do it, and, how you want to do it."
    Catherine Pulsifer

  5. "We work all our lives so we can retire - so we can do what we want with our time - and the way we define or spend our time defines who we are and what we value."
    Bruce Linton, Fatherhood

  6. "Retirement is .... a time to experience a fulfilling life derived from many enjoyable and rewarding activities."
    Ernie J. Zelinski, The Joy of Not Working

  7. "Please remember that retirement is a different way of life, with new challenges and opportunities. You need to adapt and adjust to this new lifestyle, and that takes time, effort, and creativity."
    Rick Steiner Ph.D., Retirement: Different by Design

  8. " . . . there is an exciting world of possibilities out there that very few of us get the chance to explore during our working lives, but retirement is that time!"
    Stella Rheingold, 101 Fun Things to do in Retirement

  9. .. retiring from your primary career is not merely an act of ending, but, more opportunistically and relevant, an act of commencement and of the promise of a meaningful future.
    Alan Spector, After the Cheering Stops

  10. Retirement is not a life without purpose; it is the on-going purpose that provides meaningfullless.
    Robert Rivers

  11. ... retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater personal freedom.
    Mark Evan Chimsky, 65 Things To Do When You Retire

  12. "Retire the word 'retirement' from your vocabulary. Look it up: it means to 'withdraw' or 'retreat.' Words can shape reality, and it's time for this one to go. Doesn't 'renaissance' or 'graduation' or 'transition' better describe your postcareer life?
    Marika Stone, Too Young to Retire

  13. After all those years of seriously doing what you had to do to make a living and raise a family, now you can be a clown, work at Disneyland helping Mickey Mouse, build new homes for Habitat for Humanity, or just be lazy in scenic surroundings.
    Jaimie Hall Bruzenak, Retire to an RV

  14. I am not retired...I'm way too busy for that...I'm still volunteering my time to wonderful programs and projects. I'm still trying to make a difference in this world.
    Hyrum W. Smith, Purposeful Retirement

  15. "Voluntary early retirement gives you a chance to pursue new areas of study.... It's a great opportunity to pursue your goals and dreams while you are still young, energetic, and healthy enough to enjoy them. In addition, retirement may be your last shot at being the person you would like to be."
    Ernie Zelinski, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free

  16. What does retirement mean now that there are so many opportunities for learning, for caring, for serving? We can redefine aging."
    Rachel Cowan, Wise Aging

  17. "On the positive side, retirement can be an opportunity to enjoy life in a new way, the right to stop work and do the 1,001 things you've always wanted to do but never had time for, and a chance to give yourself over to new challenges and adventures."
    Sara Yogev, A Couple's Guide to Happy Retirement

  18. Just because you are getting older and have retired doesn't mean that you should have less confidence in your abilities. Think about the experience and knowledge that you have gained by all the years you have worked!
    Theodore W. Higginsworth

  19. "Maybe the word 'retirement' makes you think of old age, boredom and laziness, but I'd rather have you try think of it as freedom to do what you want, freedom to be as active as you'd like, and even freedom to work the job that you like - to be in a place where money doesn't dictate your choices."
    Rex Dalen, Early Retirement

  20. "The idea of retirement both excites and terrifies people. After decades of working full-time, visions of throwing out the alarm clock for good are certainly provocative."
    Belinda Tucker, Creative and Cheap Retirement Lifestyle Options

  21. "For many, retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater personal freedom."
    Robert Delamontagne

  22. "In my opinion, a successful retirement takes place when you no longer need to work for money. Rather, the work you do is motivated by higher-level goals and purposes, not income generation."
    Rand Bennett, Retire Early

  23. ... I firmly believe that the period of life that many still call retirement, which may easily include working, has the potential to be the most treasured time in your life.
    Julia Valentine, Joy Compass: How to Make Your Retirement the Treasure of Your Life

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    Famous Retirement Quotes

  25. "People can't do anything about growing old because it's one of the most natural things in the world, but one thing you can control, though, is how you'll live your life once you're old enough to retire."
    Adrian J.Williams, Retirement: The Ultimate Retirement Planning Guide!

  26. No person, at any age, needs to remain on an uninspiring level of accomplishment.
    Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, The Positive Principle Today

  27. A thriving "New Beginning" can be and should be a time for amazing engagement, growth, connections, contributions and increased possibilities.
    Lee M. Brower

  28. The joy of retirement comes in those everyday pursuits that embrace the joy of life; to experience daily the freedom to invest one's life-long knowledge for the betterment of others; and, to allocate time to pursuits that only received, in years of working, a fleeting moment.
    Byron Pulsifer

  29. To some of us, retirement gives us time to follow our dreams.
    Shirley Mitchell, Radiant After 70

  30. "As your life changes, it takes time to recalibrate, to find your values again. You might also find that retirement is the time when you stretch out and find your potential."
    Sid Miramontes, Retirement: Your New Beginning

  31. Retire from your job but never from meaningful projects.
    Stephen R. Covey, The 8th Habit

  32. ... retirement is not an end, but rather a new beginning, an opportunity for growth, creativity, and the discovery of one's authentic self.
    George McHenry

  33. As in all successful ventures, the foundation of a good retirement is planning.
    Earl Nightingale

  34. "Retirement is one of those consequential changes in life, it offers us a unique opportunity to start over, to move beyond the past and to once again live forward."
    Rick Steiner Ph.D., Retirement: Different by Design

  35. "Retiring just so you can do nothing is no way to live life and so from now on, the word retirement will be replaced with the word, graduation."
    Mike Finley, Graduation!: Retirement Can Be the Best Time in Your Life

  36. ... believe that your greatest contribution is always ahead of you. You might retire from a job, but never retire from making contributions. Indeed, life is about contribution, not accumulation.
    Hyrum W. Smith, Purposeful Retirement

  37. Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time.
    Bernard Baruch

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    Retirement Sayings

  39. "RETIREMENT - now life begins."
    Catherine Pulsifer

  40. "The first step to a thriving unretirement is to begin by asking yourself what it is you want to be doing."
    Chris Farrell, Unretirement

  41. "Retirement may be an ending, a closing, but it is also a new beginning."
    Catherine Pulsifer

  42. You can't retire from being great!
    Author Unknown

  43. Retirement an amazing opportunity to find new adventure, to climb new mountain and to enjoy a life you once only dreamed of!

  44. Retirement is a time to enjoy what you have been working so hard for.
    Author Unknown

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