Thanks a lot dearest colleague for your support and help in the . Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email.
- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Situations for Writing a Thank You Note
Factors to Consider
Sample Thank You letters
1. When writing to thank them for attending a personal event ...
Points to Remember
Thank you so much for attending my wedding reception. It made me feel really special and loved that you took out the time to make it to the function.
The gift was really beautiful and Elaine has already started using the vase to arrange all the flowers that she grows on the farm.
I'll see you at work on the 25th. Waiting to be greeted by your ever-smiling persona.**
** Refer to a personality trait only if you're really close to them.
2. When writing to thank them for a project they guided you on ...
Points to Remember
Name of the Organization
Dear Mr/Ms. (Name),
I want to extend my deepest appreciation for the support and help that you have lent me on my recent assignment. Thank you for taking the time and helping me with the doubts that I faced. Without your help and timely guidance, I would not have been able to complete the assignment on time, in such a proficient manner.
I was fortunate enough to work with you and get the chance to learn under your expert tutelage. Your willingness to share your abundant knowledge and expertise in this field has helped me grow professionally, in a short span of time.
I will be implementing all the suggestions that you have given me and look forward to working with you in the near future.
Thank you once again for setting such a fine example for me to follow.
3. When writing to thank them for filling in when you were on leave ...
Points to Remember
Name of the Organization
I want to extend my deepest gratitude to you for handling my profile while I was on leave. I have always admired your time-management skills and expertise in the subject, and I could spend the time away from work with the knowledge that I have left things in very able hands.
It must not have been easy for you to manage both profiles and I thank you once again for taking the trouble. If there is ever a time when you need to take leave from work, please feel free to ask me for help.
4. When Writing to thank them for being a part of a team in a project completion ...
Points to Remember
Name of the Organization
Thank you for being a part of the team and seeing project (Name) through till the end. Your knowledge in the subject and expert advise on the varied aspects of the project helped make it one of the best assignments that we have handled thus far.
We are grateful for the long hours of time that you put into this project, which involved working under pressure on most days and ensured a timely delivery.
Hoping to work with you in the near future.
5. When writing to thank them while retiring ...
Points to Remember
Sample 1. (Formal Letter) **
Name of the Organization
To All My Esteemed Colleagues,
This will be my last week here at (Name) and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for being a part of this journey. 15 years have passed by and I have had the opportunity to learn so much from all of you during this period.
All of you will be sorely missed, and not a day will go by without my remembering all the special memories associated with this place that you'll helped create. I will miss the pleasant and encouraging work environment here and will especially miss working with such a competent and efficient team. Thank you everyone for always being there and giving me the constant support and encouragement.
I wish you all the very best in life and hope that we meet outside the parameters of work soon.
Sample 2. (Informal Letter) **
Name of the Organization
As I prepare to retire from the position of (Name of the position) on the 30th of this month, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being such an esteemed colleague and a wonderful friend to me throughout my tenure here. The last 15 years would not have been the same without having a prolific team player such as yourself working with me and giving me the opportunity to learn so much in the bargain. I want to especially thank you for all the support that you've extended towards me in all these years.
Thank you again for the beautiful retirement party. It was really very special and I was touched at all the wonderful things that were said. I will definitely miss coming into work and working with you.
All the best in all your future endeavors and I hope to catch you outside the parameters of work soon.
Thank You Letter to Employer for Promotion several notes you can use to appropriately thank your boss for her support. I am truly grateful for your support.
Whether you’re job searching, working on your professional development, or building your career, you’ve probably been in a situation that warranted showing appreciation and gratitude. Perhaps you received a job lead and a pep talk from a former colleague. Maybe you had an informational interview with someone who has now taken you under their wing and is serving as a mentor. It might even be a family member who’s your greatest fan. Whatever the situation, one way to show gratitude is to write a thank-you note that expresses your appreciation.
Before getting into writing the content for your thank you letters, let’s ask the question, “why gratitude?” What is it about being appreciative that even makes it important? Showing gratitude is a great way to clear your mind when you are feeling overwhelmed. After moving at top speed or going through routine motions for a while, slow down the pace so you can contemplate how those around you add value to your life in some way. Knowing who you are thankful for and for what reasons can really help you strike a balance.
Like a hug, expressing appreciation typically feels good to both giver and receiver. In addition to making someone else’s day, showing gratitude packs a powerful punch of other benefits. According to studies by Robert Emmons, gratitude’s physical, psychological, and emotional perks include:
For these reasons, we suggest exploring opportunities for saying “thank you.” It doesn’t have to be reserved for after a job interview. Here are some ideas for identifying other situations worthy of a note of thanks or gratitude. The following samples are designed to help you get your inspiration flowing:
Let’s say you have a friend who’s really in-the-know about the latest job openings, and customizes what she sends you based on your interests and a strong understanding of your abilities. A thank-you note is a great way to not only show appreciation but also let them know they are really on the mark with the job leads and suggestions they give. Try a note like this:
I just wanted to share how much the job leads you send mean to me. The attention you pay to the details of each opportunity is clear to see, because the ones you send match not only my interests but my abilities. What you do is really motivating and keeps me uplifted in my job search. To know that you consider me able to do _____________ and _____________ enhances my confidence in myself. It keeps me inspired to apply for more jobs where my ________ skills can really shine. I really appreciate that you’ve taken such an interest in my job search and am grateful for the way you’ve stepped in as my personal “career sleuth!”
Why this works: In addition to expressing your appreciation, you are affirming that what your friend has sent is helpful to you, and that if they continue sending similar leads, they are on the right track.
So you got up the courage to ask someone for an informational interview, and they really took you under their wing. Maybe they went above and beyond to keep the conversation going, shared great resources, or invited you to an event that will be attended by some key hiring managers in your field…plus gave you the low-down on their typical hiring practices. What to say to show your gratitude:
Thank you for taking the time to chat with me about your career in __(industry, cause area)_ over the last few weeks. I learned so much about _____ and _______, and will be sure to check out the latest set of insights and leads you shared with me. I am so appreciative of not only the way you have taken me under your wing after our first meeting, but your generosity with your time and resources. The interest that you show in my success and development is something for which I feel very grateful.
Please know that my offer to assist with your ________ project still stands. If my skills are not the best match, I’m happy to pass along the message to my contacts in an effort to find a great volunteer!
Why this works: In addition to showing your gratitude, you are offering to assist your mentor. If your skills are not an appropriate match, showing willingness to tap into your networks is a great alternative!
Many of us have a family member who has earned the title “biggest fan.” In their eyes, no challenge is so insurmountable that we can’t overcome it and our every accomplishment is worthy of celebration and praise. Here’s an example of showing gratitude via the written word:
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all the support you’ve shown me throughout my career, particularly during my latest __(race to a promotion, job search, unemployment fiasco)______. You’ve always been someone I could call my “biggest fan.” What means the most to me is that you do more than tell me I’m “great” at what I do, or that I’m a shoe-in for an opportunity. You take it a few steps beyond and share the reasons why you think so. Sometimes it seems like you remember my achievements even better than I do myself. I always appreciate your ability to see how my talents can make a difference and you’ve made me a believer too! After a chat with you, I always feel more confident and capable, and for that I will always be grateful.
Why this works: Keeping it warm and appreciative is a great way to strengthen familial bonds. It expresses not just appreciation but understanding of the effects your “biggest fan” has on your well-being and confidence. When they know it’s working, they are more likely to keep it up!
Whether you’ve been stumbling over an appropriate response to a workplace issue or you’ve been scrounging for the most cost-effective way to get a project completed, sometimes the help of a colleague can really make the difference. When you’ve had a colleague “save the day,” try a note like this:
When you found me sitting at my desk unproductively tapping my pen against it last week, you could have just walked on by and left me to my _(writer’s block, unresolved issue, confusion…)_. Instead, you pulled over a seat and went right to work with me. I can’t thank you enough for not only your teamwork and support, but for your vote of confidence. You really pulled me out of my work slump. I also appreciate the way you used your insights from your department to develop a really seamless solution that provides benefits all around! Knowing now how your team tackles ______, I’m happy to compare notes the next time you are working on ____________ so we can achieve similar success.
Why this works: Positive interactions with colleagues allow for a more supportive relationship that can help everyone thrive. While your co-worker may have stepped in without any expectation of you returning the favor, always take an opportunity to see your organization and its work from the perspective of another department- maybe even identify a way that you can provide insights for that area.
This person knows that talking it out might just be all you need. No unsolicited ideas or solutions, brainstorming sessions, or “I told you so’s” this friend simply lets you vent and work out your feelings. When you want to express feelings of a different kind, try something like this:
When you stopped by yesterday, you may not have known just what you were getting into by asking me how things are going. And after letting me talk for nearly an hour about __(current issue in your professional life)_____, I wanted to express my appreciation. The sympathetic way you just listened without going into “solution mode” was just what I needed. I really felt heard and understood- you have a rare gift for that! Thank you not only for being there, but for giving me exactly what I needed at the time. I can now say that after thinking “out loud”, I feel ready to tackle this issue head-on. Thank you!
Why this works: This note shows that in addition to being appreciative of the person’s time and attention, you are ready to take the “next step.” People are more inclined to help out in the way you need them to when they feel like it makes a true, lasting difference.
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Coworkers. They can help you, give you gifts, or take you to lunch.
If you are working a full-time job away from home, you may be spending more time with your coworkers than your family. Take a few moments to let them know they are appreciated with a thank you note.
There are general examples below for when they help you or do something nice. Then there are sections for wedding and baby gifts that come from coworkers.
If you are thanking one coworker I recommend a handwritten note. Most people love to display them on their desks! If you are thanking a group of co-workers, I recommend sending one email to the entire group.
Another way to thank them is to let the boss know what they did for you!
If you are leaving your job, check out the examples to thank your coworkers here.
Thank you for covering my work while I was out. I was glad to be able to turn over [project name] to you without having to worry about it. I see you did an excellent job handling the details. The client is pleased!
I appreciate your help with figuring out the problem with my logic in the custom programming. I was stumped and your solution was perfect. I am thankful that I can rely on you as a resource.
Thank you for taking me to lunch! That was an unexpected surprise. I enjoyed visiting with you and learning more about your kids. Also, [restaurant name] is one of my favorites!
The magnet you give me is awesome. I love that it is purple and also functional. You know how I feel about clutter! The magnet is also powerful enough to hold up the TPS report.
Thanks for bringing in treats for the team every Friday! Your baked goods are delicious and I look forward to them every week. They are the best part of Friday!
I am grateful for the excellent process you guide you made for my team. You added details shots that should make the clear for people new to the process. I appreciate all the time and effort you put into it.
Thank you for being available whenever I need to talk through a problem. Talking with you helps us get to the solution faster. Your insights have saved me hours of time!
I am thankful that we are on the same team. Your help in explaining how the customers are set up has been beneficial. I am being confident in learning the new material because of your assistance. Thank you for being patient with all of my questions!
Thank you for explaining the aspects of your special project last week. My team should be able to adapt the process for another customer that wants something similar. Your time was well spent and will save us many hours of design time.
I want to thank you for giving me a ride to pick up my car at the tire store when I had the unexpected flat tire. The tire place was not on your way home, but I am thankful I didn’t have to ask someone else. I will treat you to lunch soon!
Thank you team, for the wedding gifts. The shower was a nice surprise. The kitchen utensils are wonderful and will be helpful once we are married and cooking our own food. We’ve been spoiled by our mothers!
The gifts you choose for us are perfect. We will enjoy [list out the gifts here]. We appreciate your generosity as we start our life together!
My husband and I thank you for the wedding money. We will use it towards a dining room table set. We hope to see you all at the wedding!
Thank you for the food processor and blender set. I am excited to use them for food prep and making the dressing. It was very nice of you all to contribute towards gifts for us!
We thank you for the wedding shower and gifts. The cake was great and we love the flannel sheets. Also, thank you to all of you for covering my work while we are on the honeymoon!
I am excited to try out cloth diapers when the baby comes. I had no idea there were so many different brands. Thank you for providing a wide selection. I will try them all to see which ones baby and I like best.
Thank you for the Pack and Play. This will be wonderful to have when we visit family. I’m happy to work on such a generous team! The little toys are cute too!
The outfits for the twins are adorable! I love the colors and that you found cute stuff for boy/girl twins. Thank you so much!
Thank you for the baby gifts. The toys are interactive which seems like a good thing these days. Thank you for your support as my husband and I begin a new chapter in life with our first baby!
Wow! Thanks for the stroller. I plan to walk every day once the baby comes. Is that realistic? We can have baby chats once I return to work! Thanks again!
Writing thank you notes at work – personal stories
Writing your boss a thank you note for lunch
Do you write a thank-you note for lunch?
A small thank you note or message of appreciation goes a long way for a colleague I'm so grateful for all of your help and continued support.
Below are some examples of wording you could use in your note. Words in [brackets] should be filled in as appropriate for your situation.
The examples notes are the center section of the note. Look at this cheat sheet to see the complete layout of a thank-you note.
Thank you for the promotion! I am excited and look forward to adding more value to the team in my new position.
Thank you for the promotion. I appreciate that my effort in learning the [new skill] is being recognized. The team is already sending me requests to use [new skill].
I am excited about my promotion! Thank you for recognizing my accomplishments in the past year by promoting me to senior [position name]. I look forward to the continued success of our team.
Thank you for promoting me to [position]. I am excited to start the position next week. I appreciate you for trusting me with this opportunity.
I want to take a few minutes to thank you for promoting me. I appreciate the opportunity. And I look forward to continuing to grow under your leadership.
What a great day! Thank you for promoting me to [position]. I will do my best to excel in this position. I am grateful for the opportunity.
I am grateful for the promotion. Your input during the last few years has been valuable in helping with my career progression. Thank you for investing in me. I will make you proud as the new [position name].
I am looking for to starting in the the manager role next week. Thank you for the giving me a shot at leading a team. Your support and mentoring during the past few months has beneficial. Also, thank you for agreeing to help me transition into the new role.
Thank you for promoting me to Senior [job title]! I look forward to being able to share my knowledge with others in an official capacity. Your guidance and advice has been very helpful over the years.
Thank you for recommending that I apply for the open position on the team. I am very thankful that I am being promoted into the role. All that time applying your advice to learn [program name] paid off. You're the best boss I've ever had.
I am looking forward to working as a [job title]. Thank you for promoting me. I will be just as dedicated in the new position and look forward to learning even more about [program or project].
The career advancement here at [company name] has been wonderful for me. I am thankful that once I put my skills to use that my value was recognized and am thrilled that I'm being moved up to the next level. I look forward to taking more online classes to further my skills as I continue to support the team.
I am thrilled with my recent promotion to [job title]. Thank you for recommending me to [person's name on new/team department]. Since she hasn't worked directly with me, I feel that it was your positive remarks that helped her decide to go with me. If there is anything I can do to help you find someone to replace me on your team, please let me know.
Thank you for recommending me to be the manager of the new team! I am looking forward to being a team lead and working alongside of you. I am grateful for all the time you spent mentoring me and answering my questions about what it is like to be a manager here.
Thank you for the promotion! Becoming a [job title] has been a goal of mine since I started working here 3 years ago. Because of your awesome support, I've been able to take the right steps and focus on projects needed to learn the skills for the position.
Working on your team has been amazing for my career. I am excited about the promotion to Senior [title]. Also, thank you for the raise! I appreciate them both and look forward to continued success here at [Company Name].
I want to thank you for the recent raise and promotion. Your work ethic and leadership have been an inspiring example of how a boss should perform. I am looking forwarding to working side by side with you as I lead a team for the first time.
Thank you for the raise and promotion! What a great way to end the year. I am grateful for both and will continue to enjoy working on your team.
I am thankful for the promotion and the raise that came with it. You've been a wonderful boss and mentor to me. And, I'm excited that I will get to use more of my skills in [the new program that you have been learning] once I transition to the new position.
Thank you for creating a new position for me and the promotion with it. Your support in pushing it through with upper management and human resources has been amazing. Thank you for trusting in my abilities and recognizing my passion.
Your support has changed my life. I will now get to spend more time doing the type of work I enjoy every day which will benefit the company.
Note: If you don't want to mention the raise simply remove "and giving me a raise."
Dear [Boss Name],
Thank you for promoting me and giving me a raise. I am delighted with both and will continue to work hard for you and the team. I look forward to the additional responsibilities as [job title].
The new projects you assigned to me during the past year challenged me and made coming to work every day a joy. The time you've invested in me has paid off. I've grown as a leader and in my technical skills which will benefit the company in my new role.
I plan to pay it forward and find a newer employee to take under my wing, just as you did for me. Investing in people is time well spent as you have proven over and over again.
Thank you for all your support.
I hope these examples helped your write a wonderful thank-you note to your boss!
Let your coworkers know they are appreciated with a thank you note! If you are thanking a group of co-workers, I recommend sending one email to the entire Thank you for your support as my husband and I begin a new chapter in life with .