September 16, 2013

Farewell (Them, Not You)

I have to admit, walking into your office building and turning over your laptop, office key and badge is a pretty surreal feeling. Even more surreal is composing one of those farewell messages you've undoubtedly read countless times whilst being a happy employee. I tried to be witty and profound while not taking myself too seriously. Here's what I came up with.

All -

As many of you know, today is my last day at Vandelay Industries*. (Side note: I've read these messages from others over the years but have to admit it's a bit surreal writing one.) After twelve years, I'm making what I'm sure will be a dizzying transition into Dunder Mifflin+.

The hardest part of any transition like this is the people part. Thank you (yes, you) for playing such a key role in my twelve years at Vandelay. I've grown so much - personally and professionally - and learned from each of you over these past twelve years. If the strength and quality of any organization is defined by its people (which it is), Vandelay is an incredibly strong organization you should be proud to be a part of. I know I've been.

It's a small world (after all) and I'm sure our paths will cross again. I sincerely hope they do. But until that time, I hope you'll keep in touch. You can call me or text me at 555-555-1212 or reach me by email at

Keep being awesome.


I am now happily unemployed...for a week. I'm taking this week to do whatever the hell I want knowing that the reality of a new job will catch up with me this time next week.

* Yes, I worked alongside George Constanza for many years. Great guy. But lazy.
+ I will now be selling paper for a mythical paper company on a cancelled TV show.

Posted by Chris at September 16, 2013 7:57 AM | TrackBack

I'm not sure I could have worked next to George Constanza because of that damn "holy cow" keychain he had. Let me ask you, was there really a difference between Independent George and Relationship George? Good Luck with your future at Dunder Mifflin. Beware of that Toby fellow.... I always thought your number was 867-5309

Posted by: Darren at September 16, 2013 9:24 AM

Sounds like a good mix of professional and easy going to me :D

Posted by: Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous at September 16, 2013 9:27 AM

Good luck, Chris! Enjoy your week and good luck with your new job! Looking forward to hearing more about your new adventure.

Boy, are you going to miss the weird characters you find in the bathroom at the new place...

Posted by: oakley at September 16, 2013 9:43 AM

Good Luck in your new work place!!

Posted by: Heather at September 16, 2013 11:18 AM

Keep being awesome- I love that.

Posted by: rebecca at September 16, 2013 3:55 PM
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