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Old 02-11-2015, 03:33 PM
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When my Dad retired (many moons ago), he told us that he "felt it was time to get out" ... My brothers & I always took that to mean: "You'll know when it's time to leave" - and thus be able to tell people that you're retiring.
I know that some folks have "processes and procedures" your union wants you to follow. I also know that some people who are employed at-will can simply make a public announcement, or forward an email message, or have a one-on-one with their manager, to inform them that they're retiring.
All that said, I have yet to retire, as does my DW.
Since I work as a full-time-temp, "when my time to leave comes", I'll notify 2 or 3 people (company and agency) who need to know, and the rest will learn about it "through the grapevine". The team that I work with is mostly composed of 'mature' people, who are, and will be envious, every time we talk anywhere-near the topic of "retiring". I believe I'm the oldest non-company employee working for the group with whom I'm employed, so I'll likely be the first to "taste" retirement ... The others all know how to contact me, if they care to know what that "tastes" like.

Obviously ... Others have (and have had) different experiences ... Thanks for contributing yours, too! - TC
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Old 02-11-2015, 07:55 PM
Location: Throop, PA
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Kidney failure was the reason I put down to "retire".
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:34 PM
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I told them I was quitting due to the lack of pay raises. That was partially true. With stagnant pay, I was not making enough to find it worthwhile to continue.
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:51 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Why, because I'm tired of working.
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Old 02-11-2015, 10:56 PM
Location: Sacramento
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Like practically everyone else posting here I wasn't asked why I was retiring either. It wasn't anything personal, the process was simply a matter of filing some paperwork once you were eligible to retire.

Nothing was asked about why the decision was made, simply an identification of what your pay grade and slot number were along with expected date of departure, so they could do the administrative paperwork.

It was as impersonal as it could get.
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Old 02-13-2015, 06:16 PM
Location: San Diego CA
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When I retired no one asked for an explanation. In fact the whole business was done over the phone. I asked for a current itemization of my benefits. I reviewed the itemization, called HR back, and said I was ready to go. My wife and I filled out and signed some forms and mailed them back.

At one point I asked if I could make an appointment with HR to come in and go over a few points I had questions about. I was given a flat no as they said they were too busy to do this and all questions could be handled via the phone. I suspect the real reason was that our then CEO was also retiring and HR was working on his million dollars plus retirement package and extravagant going away party that must have cost several thousand dollars.

In the end everything worked out fine. About a year later almost all the people my age were let go. These folks were sent to HR, given a severance package and escorted out by security to the parking lot. Personal items in their cubicles were boxed up and mailed to the former employees.
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Old 02-15-2015, 10:31 PM
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Default Too busy

On my resignation letter I said:

I have discovered that I do not have time to do all the things that I want to do. I must drop some activity, and my wife and I agreed that the best place to cut back was our jobs. Therefore I am resigning
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:04 AM
Location: Florida
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Had enough fun...time to hit the road!

HR wanted to do an exit interview, I declined...after all what could they do? Fire me? Waste of time, busy work.
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Old 02-16-2015, 09:47 AM
Location: Bend Or.
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I just said that it was time for every day to be Saturday.
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Old 02-16-2015, 06:01 PM
Location: Great State of Texas
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My reason for leaving my job was retirement.
No one asked me why I was retiring although lots of folks stopped by my office to tell me how jealous they were.
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