Offer of Letter of Recommendation. It’s always a shame to lose a great employee.
When there is nothing you can do to keep them at your firm, consider offering to write a recommendation letter.
You can communicate your intent by sending this letter.
Express your appreciation for their wonderful work over the years and let them know you would be more than happy to provide this recommendation letter at any time.
Let them know who to contact (whether it’s you directly or your secretary) if they wish to take you up on your offer to write this letter.
Believe me, they will appreciate this gesture more than you can imagine!
The fact that you will be leaving our firm shortly has been brought to my attention. We are very sorry to lose you inasmuch as your work has always been most satisfactory and we were hoping that you would remain with the [name of firm] for many years.
I understand that you are leaving for personal reasons that have nothing to do with this organization.
I will be happy to provide you with a letter of recommendation, if you so request. You may find this helpful in securing a position with another firm in you new locale.
Please advise my secretary of your intent in this matter, so that we can have it prepared for you before your departure.
I know that I speak for everyone here at [name of firm] in wishing you the very best of luck in the future.