Do Get Well Cards Work?

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Sometimes we often forget that it is the simple things that make us smile and make our days brighter.   I am a manager for over 200 customer service representatives and with 200 of them, it is very hard to reach out to each and every one of them to let them know that I and the company cares about them.  One simple gesture that I found is really appreciated is to send out get well cards to employees who have to be out due to illness for more than 3 days.  The last time I did this, one of the employees was sick with the flu which nearly turned into pneumonia.  Before I started the practice of sending out get well cards, I would simply note the absence in our attendance book.  Literally, that was the only thing I did to mark an employee’s illness.  Then, when I was out sick for a week (with the flu as well), I received business get well cards signed by all my employees.  That one gesture really brightened my day and I suspect, started me down the road toward recovery.

Because the card made me feel a whole lot better, I decided that thereon in, I would send out my own cards to sick employees.    Getting back to the employee who almost had pneumonia…when she returned to work, the first place she stopped was my office to say thank you for the card.  She was so appreciative of a little thing like a get well card.  I really feel that cards are an excellent way to let employees know you care about them.  It is a small gesture that speaks volumes – I suspect that these small gestures play a part in raising morale, retaining loyalty and might even inch someone closer to recovery.  I definitely recommend sending out cards to ailing employees!

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Eli August 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm

It is so much easier to want and to do a good job when employees know that the boss cares about them not only as workers but as people as well.

Britta August 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Wow. I’ve never had an employer do that for me. It sounds like it’d be nice though. Let people know you care and all… If I were a manager I’d want to do something like that.

Maribel August 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

That is a very nice gesture and would make anyone feel a little better. Knowing your co-workers care shows appreciation…even when you are out of the office. That sticks in an employee’s mind forever.

jessy September 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I was out on medical leave for 3 months, I recieved nothing from my co workers, then I was laid off when I returned…. Wasn’t that special!! Do they make. ‘Sorry you were laid off” cards?

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