It's something that every working adult in the world yearns for—retirement. When someone is busy stacking papers, sitting through an hour-long meeting, or muddling through emails, sometimes, their mind wanders off, and they think: "Gee, I sure would like to be lounging on a beach right now,” or "I wish I could just stay home and watch my favorite shows all day."
There's no denying that work is rewarding, but after decades of doing the same thing day-after-day, most people could use a break. A really, really, long break. A permanent one, even. That's where retirement comes in.
Retirement is, in many ways, a double-edged sword. On one hand, you get limitless time to spend with family and friends or explore your own hobbies and interests. You never have to dread the ding-ding-ding of your alarm clock ever again, and you can wave farewell to frustrating morning commutes.
But on the other hand, you've spent the majority of your life working. What are you going to do when you aren't working anymore? What if you end up missing your coworkers and boss or the sense of pride that your job gave you? What if you got your numbers mixed up and you actually don't have enough money saved to do the things you want to do and visit the places you want to go?
There are a lot of exciting things that come with retirement, but retirement can also be fraught with worries and fear. If someone in your life—a family member, a close friend, or even a coworker— is about to retire, make sure to support them during this happy yet confusing chapter of their lives.
The first way to show them you care is by showing up to their retirement party and handing them a timeless gift that stirs up pleasant memories from the past, celebrates the present, and provides plenty of encouragement and well-wishes for the future. If you're struggling to find the right words to write on a plaque, here are some thoughtful words to put on a retirement plaque.
It might be traditional for employers to hand out plaques to their employees, but they make a great gift for your loved ones, too!
For a Family Member
It's always exciting when a family member is retiring, because it means you'll have the chance to spend time with them a lot more often! Unfortunately, it can also be stressful, especially if the person in question is having a hard time adapting to retired life. But either way, you're family, and family is there for each other through thick and thin.
If it was a coworker or acquaintance that was transitioning from work life to retirement life, you might celebrate by sending them a gift and a card. But family deserves the best. Consider getting together with the rest of your family members and planning a rip-roaring party to celebrate the retiree's accomplishments and bright future ahead.
It doesn't have to be anything ridiculously fancy. You don't have to rent out an entire restaurant or write a musical for them... unless you want to. Meet at a family member's home, decorate it to the nines, cook up a delicious meal, and surprise the guest of honor with a hulking mound of presents, including your personalized plaque.
Still not sure what to write in celebration of your parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, or cousin’s retirement? Here are some creative and heartfelt ideas:
- Congrats! We've all seen how hard you worked throughout the years and couldn't be happier to see you hit this major milestone. Hope you have a blast during your retirement years and remember—family is only one call away!
- Congrats! We hope you have the best retirement ever. Know that we're always cheering for you and are always here to support you.
For a Close Friend
Celebrating a family member's retirement is always exciting, but what's even more exciting than that is celebrating your best friend's retirement. Wish your best friend wasn't always so busy and had more time to hang out with you? Your wish is finally coming true! This news is especially elating if you yourself are retired, because it means you finally have someone to hang out with while everyone else is at work.
You can't let your bestie's hard work go to waste, so make sure to throw them a celebration that they'll never forget. Maybe you can even plan a getaway trip together and celebrate by lounging on a Hawaiian beach or dining at an authentic Italian restaurant. Don't forget to shower them in presents, either, and definitely don't forget the plaque—though it might be more of a friendship plaque than a retirement plaque if you're the one that’s giving it to them.
Do you have so many things you want to say to your friend that it’s hard to keeps things concise? Here's how to congratulate your friend without being too long-winded:
- Congrats to an amazing friend and an even more amazing worker bee. You've worked long and hard, and now it's time for some fun and relaxation! You know who to call if you need someone to spend your extra time with.
- Congrats! It's taken a lot of hard work and sleepless nights, but you did it—you’re a bona fide retiree. You finally have some time to yourself, but I hope you don't forget to surround yourself with the company of family and friends sometimes, either.
For a Coworker or Boss
You see them and speak to them (almost) as much as family and friends. The only thing that differentiates your coworkers and boss from your family and friends is that you speak to your coworkers and boss using professional jargon and other nonsensical, business-y words.
You might not be as close with them as you are with your family and friends, but your boss and coworkers are still important individuals in your life that deserve to be celebrated. Have you learned that one of them is going to retire soon? Try to coordinate a going-away party with the rest of your coworkers. You can decorate the break room, buy or bake a cake, and even make a slideshow or scrapbook to remind them of their professional accomplishments and the fun times they had during their career.
Don't forget to see them off with a smile and a personalized plaque to commemorate their years of service. Not sure how to wish a coworker or boss well? Here are some examples of words to put on a retirement plaque for your inspiration:
- Thank you for your hard work. We'll never forget your mentorship and, more importantly, your friendship. Here’s hoping your retirement is a fantastic one!
- Congrats on your retirement! You were an outstanding manager, and we're sad to see you go. But we know your retirement will be a happy one. Enjoy it, and don't worry too much about your extended family back at the office.
For a Dedicated Employee
Of course, you might be a boss looking to award an employee for their years of hard work and dedication. In that case, it's better to keep things simple, to-the-point, and professional. Need help preparing a meaningful retirement plaque? Here's how to say thanks (and goodbye) to a valued team member.
- Thanks for your years of dedicated service. We hope your retirement is full of happiness, relaxation, family, new discoveries, and so much more. You will be missed!
- There aren't enough words to describe how thankful we are for your years of dedication and excellent work. We hope you enjoy your retirement—here's to countless more years of good health and good times!
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