What is the equivalent of "Dear Staff" in an email? For instance, a CEO wants to send an email to all the employees to invite them to a meeting. How could he or she start his email?

Chers/chères collègues; Mesdames, Messieurs; Chers/chères employé.e.s; Chers/Chères collaborateurs/collaboratrices

Are any of these forms acceptables?

  • Ça me fait penser aux mails que le patron d'Apple envoie à ses salariés. Ça commence par "Team" et c'est signé "Tim". – mouviciel Jul 1 '20 at 17:30

The ones I would avoid:

Mesdames, messieurs

for being too distant,

Chers/chères employé.e.s

because inclusive spelling can be considered to carry a political agenda, and

Cher collègues

because it implies the CEO is a peer the employees (already mentioned by beauchette).

I would probably agree with

Chers collaborateurs, cher collaboratrices

although I would have avoided it a few decades ago.

I guess I'd just recommend to start that mail with :

Bonjour à tous


Bonjour à toutes et à tous


All of these forms are acceptable and wouldn't make me raise an eyebrow, but :

  • 'Employé' would feel a little weird, especially if some of them are in charge of others.
  • 'Collègues' would be a little weird too because it conveys a thing of equality that you obviously don't have with your employees if you are their CEO.

So I'd go with 'Collaborateurs' because everyone is technically, a 'collaborateur'.


In my opinion, you can use these forms as an equivalent of "Dear Staff":

  • Chers/chères collègues
  • Chers/chères associé.e.s
  • Chers/chères collaborateurs/trices

These expressions give a kind of closeness between the CEO and his employees.

In contrast to the terms: employees or even workers.

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    Because it is still controversial, the inclusive spelling of associé.e.s (or better/worse associé·e·s) might not be acceptable depending on the company. – jlliagre Jun 30 '20 at 22:04

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