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!