workplace thank you notes

Thoughtful workplace thank you notes show employees you value them. Photo via William Arthur Fine Stationery, Flickr.

Few things are as meaningful as a handwritten note of thanks. Simple expressions of gratitude such as “I appreciate you” or “Well done!” can make huge impacts in our lives and our workplaces. This weekend, we celebrated National Send a Card to a Friend Day. It’s a great reminder that it’s always a good time to celebrate friends, colleagues, and employees with a thoughtful thank you note.

As novelist Philip Hensher writes in “The Lost Art of the Handwritten Note,”

“Did you not feel that someone you knew had, for once, reached out and greeted you, in a way that an email or a text never could?”

Read on to learn why you should start a habit of thank you note writing!

Hidden Potential of the Personal Thank You Note

A handwritten note indicates an investment of time and effort that shows the people in your life and business that they’re important to you, observes John Coleman, coauthor of the book, Passion & Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders in Handwritten Notes Are a Rare Commodity. They’re Also More Important Than Ever.”

Handwritten notes are more meaningful than a text or email. When you send a personal note of thanks it’s tangible and is a memorable keepsake. Your recipient may display it proudly in his work-space or keep it safe for treasuring.

In fact, a handwritten note can differentiate you from your competition, writes Brian Buffini, chairman and founder of Buffini & Company,  in “The power of the personal note”:

“Nothing in my career took less time, cost less money and produced bigger results than personal notes.”

Happy Customers, Employees, and Friends

When asked to whom you should write a note, Buffani says the short answer is:

“Write a note to anyone and everyone you want to thank or everyone you’d like to build a relationship with.”

For instance, you might:

  • Thank customers for their business
  • Reconnect with former clients
  • Express gratitude to vendors and support services for high-quality service
  • Recognize employees for their hard-work, loyalty and accomplishments
  • Tell co-workers how much you enjoy working with them
  • Don’t forget family and friends—tell them how much they mean to you!

Getting In The Gratitude Habit

Buffini suggests making a habit of writing a few personal notes of thanks every day. He also offers an infographic, “Top 6 reasons to write personal notes,” to provide inspiration.

Incidentally, notes Coleman, studies show that people who express gratitude benefit by experiencing better health and sleep, less anxiety, and more life satisfaction. And, believe it or not, these health benefits are experienced by both giver and receiver. It’s the great thing about gratitude – it’s contagious and makes everyone feel good!

So, who should you thank today?

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