Dear Mr Martin
I would like to formally express my appreciation for your patience and support from the time I was a rookie employee up to this day. Your impressive level of professionalism and expertise in management became my inspiration to work hard and work wisely. I must admit that I was very intimidated with your presence during my first year of service as your subordinate (well, in fact I still am), but later I have seen the more emphatic side of you, which I am very impressed with. How you manage and balance your work life and family life showed me an excellent example of something I should emulate someday.
For all the lessons I have learned during my years of service in your department, I am deeply grateful. Through the challenges and goals you have set and pushed me to attain, I have developed skills that I wouldn’t have grasped in a short period of time.
Thank you for your recommendation for my move to another sister company in Europe. I was pleasantly surprised yet nervous at the same time knowing that this will be a different challenge for me. With all the training I have received from you, I am confident that I will be able to adjust in due time.
Again, thank you very much for your support and leadership you have shown. I will do my best to prove that your recommendation will not be wasted.
I know you hate being called “boss” because you want to keep a low-key profile; but just this time, let me call you “boss” because deep within, I have always and will always consider you my superior with all due respect. This is why I wrote this letter, because you cannot “shush” me.
You hate drama, but this time, allow me to thank you for everything you have done for me as your employee. Even our afternoon coffee breaks become learning experiences for me. I admire your sense of humor that shines in every situation, especially when the whole department is stressed with deadlines, you manage to keep the spirits up.
I appreciate your corrections when I make mistakes. Yes, you are harsh when it comes to targeting faults. But I understand where you’re coming from. Your passion for perfection shines through when everything is completed.
In passing, I am inviting you to a dinner party hosted by the department. Details will follow in a separate invitation. It’s a treat for you and a way of showing our thanks for your patience with us. I hope you don’t mind. We will also be bringing in “surprise guests.”
For whatever it is worth, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will sound corny and will risk getting criticized later over our usual coffee break, but then again, life is short. Someday, I hope you will never forget this dramatic imp of an employee you have.
Thanks again and see you soon.