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.
No one wants their friends to get sick, but most of us at some point will need to send a Get Well gift. And at that point, the question always is: What to get?
Borrowing from a late night TV host, here is a list of Top 10 Get Well Gifts:
- Candy/chocolates. An obvious one, but almost everyone enjoys a sweet indulgence when they are not feeling well.
- Plants/flowers, balloons. Put these in the category of “eye candy” or something to brighten up the room.
- Magazines/books, puzzle book. Boredom is a main complaint of those who are bedridden, so something to pass the time is a welcome distraction.
- Itunes gift card. In our new tech-savvy world, apps can take the place of puzzle books (see #8). Let your recovering friend choose from the thousands of game/puzzle/activity apps available as another way to alleviate boredom.
- Soup. Grandma was right. Whether homemade or store bought, a nice bowl of warm soup can really hit the spot.
- Gifts of comfort. Whether it is:
- Cozy, fuzzy socks
- Scented candle
- Luxurious hand lotion. Nothing says “feel better” like comfy gifts.
- Drinks. Bottle of wine, or a flavored tea.
- For the recovering friend who has received “all of the above”, think about a gift they can look forward to using once they are on the mend: movie tickets, or a gift certificate for a manicure .
I hope this was helpful, and even more than that, I hope you never need to use it!
It is difficult to know the right words to write in get well cards, but sending cards to someone who is battling an illness is so important to keep their spirits up. The tone you choose to you write with is dependant on who the person is to you, a close friend, a co-worker, a member of the family. Most importantly is to find out the nature of the illness; this will make your choice of words a little easier. For example, a broken foot is less serious than heart surgery. I had a very close call recently when I was sending my father-in-law a get well card and neglected to read the preprinted verse. He was terminally ill and inside was a cheery wish for a speedy recovery. Thankfully I had the sense to look before I mailed the card.
Here are some suggestions for get well messages to write in a card:
• I am so sorry to hear that you’ve been ill
• I’m wishing you the very best during your recovery
• I hope you’re doing well and are on the road to recovery
• You are in my thoughts/prayers
• Best wishes for a speedy recovery
It is also important to remember what you shouldn’t write as well:
• Don’t compare illnesses
• Do not tell stories you heard about the hospital, doctor or your Aunt Jane who had sort of the same thing
• Don’t let the tone of your message be morose or sad
• Don’t tell them there are people who have it much worse
A short, simple message is all you need to convey your feelings.