The Power of a Handwritten Note

For most leaders, making in through the day is like being caught up in a whirlwind. Between meetings, projects, deadlines, emails and the latest crisis, it’s easy to forget about the good stuff that is happening and the employees that make it so. Acknowledging good work is just as important as returning a call from the CEO. If you don’t think so, you’ve missed the mark.

In the world of thank-you, there are only a few things more thoughtful and meaningful than a handwritten note.  As the VP of Customer Service, I would often send out WOW cards to employees who went the extra mile to help a customer. I hand-wrote a message in it specifically addressing the employee’s action and relayed a genuine thank-you for their contribution in making our company better.

Employees would often tell me how much they appreciated that I took the time to write a note.  I knew it meant a lot to them because when I toured the various departments, I’d see my notes pinned on personal bulletin boards or propped up on the employee’s desk.   Recognizing employee contributions should be top of mind for every leader. If you are looking for a great way to express appreciation or provide recognition, try handwriting a note. But remember, the true power is not in the note itself but in the fact you took the time to write it .

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