Mary Ann Kelly once received a goodbye email in which a colleague systematically listed every offense and mistreatment he had ever endured in his seven years on the job. As hilarious as that sounds, this is a bad way to get ahead in life.
A Better Goodbye
Kelly suggests a different type of goodbye email. She says such an email serves three main functions: to inform colleagues of your departure, to provide guidance of what to do in your absence, and to thank colleagues for what they have done for you. If you cannot stomach to feign appreciation, at least maintain a courteous, neutral tone. Just keep the email concise and not boastful, and you are in the clear. You can read Kelly’s full blog post here: http://nadexagroup.com/ingoodcompany/?p=2805