Get Well Cards in the Business World

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A thoughtful get well card is sure to brighten up anyone’s day when they are feeling ill. In a business setting though, it’s important to keep some tips in mind to ensure your being respectful and sensitive to someone’s private life outside of work.

There are many get well cards out there to choose from. Avoid cards that are too sad or overly sensitive. Some illnesses take longer than others to recover from. Read through the greeting and put yourself in the shoes of the receiver and ask yourself – “is this appropriate to send?” Although you may know of the severity of someone’s illness, it’s best to keep it short, sweet, and professional. There are also some get well cards that mention “God.” I would avoid sending cards like that unless you know the person does believe in God. Even then, you never know when someone’s beliefs may change. If you have to second guess yourself on your get well card purchase, choose a more basic type of card. Of course, use your own discretion when choosing a card, depending on how well you know the person who’s sick.

One idea is to have your whole team purchase a get well soon card and everyone can sign and write in it. This is a great idea because everyone can chip in and get a really nice card, and even be able to send flowers or something additional with the card.

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Lisa March 30, 2016 at 12:57 pm

I was out for a month due to health reasons. It really brightened my day to get cards from my coworkers and now I was thought of and missed.

Sascha March 31, 2016 at 10:49 am

When you are trapped at home in bed or even worse a hospital a card brings a lot of cheer. Small gestures mean so much.

Margaret Maguire April 1, 2016 at 2:39 pm

I always send a get well card to a person who is out. I think the group card is a nice idea and I love to be included, but feel like I want to do an individual one also.

Brandy April 4, 2016 at 11:00 am

I send cards all the time. I like getting mail that isn’t junk or a bill. When someone is sick it especially brightens their day.

Nina April 7, 2016 at 9:46 am

It would definitely bright up my mood if I received a get well card from my employer if I was on “the shelf” for a while. Simple gestures go a long way, and I’m pretty sure everyone feels the same way I do in that they like to feel appreciated and in this case, that their presence is missed.

Drake April 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

This is a good article. useful info. Anything to feel better when you get sick is a nice gesture.

Amber April 28, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Great suggestions. I keep a stash of extra cards at my desk when events like this pop up.

Gari May 5, 2016 at 10:29 am

It is always a great feeling to receive a get well card when things are not so well. When you know someone out there is rooting for you, it is bound to lift your spirits.

Garrett May 9, 2016 at 11:25 am

my office is really on top of these things. whenever someone is out with health issues a small gift basket and card is sent. it means a lot.

Melanie June 29, 2016 at 7:48 am

it’s the little things that make your day better, like a get well card

Kathy July 28, 2016 at 11:08 am

Companies that take that extra step to support and humanize their employees are the companies that have the must success and retention. The little things truly do matter!

Patrice September 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

This is definitely a nice, genuine gesture especially when a company takes the time to pick out a card, buy the card and even sign it. That is sure to brighten up anyone’s day! Companies who do this show that they really value their employees and even though it is a small gesture, it carries a lot of weight! Never overlook making even the smallest effort to show an employee that you care because it can come back to you in a great way.

Karen L September 27, 2016 at 10:11 am

It’s good to see humanity still exist. I have necessarily seen this before at a workplace. It would be truly nice to receive a get well card from your employer. Shows concern for the well being of their employees.

sydney September 30, 2016 at 4:13 pm

Yes, I love the idea of employers sending get well cards to their employees. Not for just a cold, of course, but for more serious illnesses. It is definitely important to keep it simple and not get too specific, and as for God and prayer cards, yeah, I would refrain from those.

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