Sending a handwritten card is much more personal than a simple email. This is true whether you are sending a thank you note to a client or a get well soon card to a coworker. Handwrytten understands that handwritten cards are vital, but it is not always easy to know what to say or what else to offer.
For some, sending a card can be difficult, especially for those you work with every day. How do you express sincere sentiments to a colleague that could be facing anything from a light illness to a life-changing injury? How do you also do it professionally?
This is why we have compiled these tips to answer all your questions about sending get well soon messages for colleagues and many more.
Sending a card is a wonderful way to show a person that you have been thinking about them and care for them in their time of need.
This simple gesture shows you are thinking of them in a time of illness, injury, or sickness. Sending a card is an act of simple kindness that should extend to anyone, but it is vital in business.
Since we often spend more time with our colleagues and coworkers than we do with our own families. It is important to show them that you are there for them in difficult times and can help strengthen your bond and trust in each other.
While there is not one single way to best express your good wishes, there are some things you should include in most get well soon messages for colleagues and coworkers.
Naturally, the get-well wish you have on the card will depend on the recipient, your relationship with them, and their specific situation. However, there are a few tried-and-true rules to keep in mind as you work on your message.
Make sure, to begin with, a greeting that sets the tone of the message. You can always open with a standard, “Dear [name].” The greeting you choose will often depend on how familiar you are with the person. When in doubt, you can start with just their name.
Make sure to reflect on the situation and be careful that the tone of your message matches the severity of the issue. Do not forget to express your good wishes that deal specifically with what your colleague is going through to show that it is not just a generic card.
If your colleague is dealing with a severe health issue, try to avoid offering advice about treatment. Instead, stay focused on lighthearted tips on healing and ways to pass the time. Try to keep it brief, hopeful, and optimistic in your tone- you want them to feel better after reading your card, not worse.
With coworkers especially, it may be nice – but not required – to offer to help out with specific work-related projects they may have been working on.
Typically, the offer of help should be as specific as possible. A generic addition of “we’re here to help however you need” may not ring sincere, and the receiver may not take you up on your offer. If you offer something more specific, then it shows that you are serious about helping out.
Examples might be offering to alert their clients to the pause or simply adding an out-of-office message, so they do not have to think about it. No task is too small!
Always make sure to wrap up your hand written letter with a closing message that matches the tone of the card and how familiar you are with them. Common sentiments include:
Depending on how close you are to your colleague, any of the above could be appropriate.
Sometimes finding the right words for your card can be tricky, even if you are close to the colleague to who you are sending a get-well card. You may want to send them a card individually or as an office.
No matter the issue at hand, here are some examples of get well soon messages for colleagues and coworkers to get you started. Just do not forget the greeting and ending too!
In general, you should try to send a card within a week or so of the inciting incident. You don’t want your card to get there after your coworker has already recovered, so in general, the faster you can send it, the better.
It can be tempting to send over an email or e-card and call it a day. However, handwritten letters can make all the difference. A handwritten note feels special as the assumption is that the sender put more thought and care into it.
Handwritten cards are getting rarer each year. The U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission revealed that in 2017, the average American only received ten pieces of personal mail a year. But it is the rareness that makes it all the more valuable for those on the receiving end.
On top of all those reasons, sending a handwritten letter is good for you! Knowing you’re sending something unique compounds the benefits because these letters are so special for the recipients. A handwritten letter is a way to reach out and make contact with a loved one that feels more caring than when you use digital mediums.
Using email is understandably tempting. Emailing is much faster. Many people don’t feel like they have time to find a card, write out a message, and take all the steps to send it out.
Handwritten letters are important, but not everyone has time to create them. That’s where Handwrytten comes in, to do the letter writing for you. We don’t just print letters with a handwriting-style font – our patented Handwrytten robots hold actual pens to write your notes in the handwriting you choose.
The handwriting is indistinguishable from human writing, and the card will include your return address and an actual stamp. We even have the option to include a gift card to major brands so that you can add a gift along with your good wishes. For happier occasions, please see this article on employee birthday card messages.
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