Only 37 percent of employees are “very satisfied” with their jobs and 51 percent are “somewhat satisfied.” Most employees are not completely satisfied with their jobs due to lack of recognition.
Recognition is one of the most powerful motivators when it comes to employee appreciation. What are you doing to recognize and engage your employees?
The easiest way is to send personal birthday cards. The cards send a powerful message and you will see the benefits immediately.
Keep reading to understand just how greeting cards can brighten up the culture and business no matter what type of company you run.
What Message Does Personal Birthday Cards Send to Employees?
Personal birthday cards send a message of gratitude and appreciation.
Writing personalized birthday cards shows the employees they are at the forefront of the bosses mind. Customized messages such as funny notes or memories a manager has with an employee can go a long way in making their day.
Sending cards isn’t limited to managers and other employees. If your CEO steps in and writes a card themselves, it shows recognition from the highest level.
So often employees who don’t interact with executives feel far removed from the company goals. Sending a card shows the CEO has all employees in mind – no matter what position they hold.
Employees also feel lost in the mix – that they are just another tool to be used. Let them know they are a valuable asset to the team with personal birthday cards. It is more likely they will pick up their workload and become a better employee as they are recognized for their achievements.
After receiving a card, employees tend to feel more welcome and included in the workplace. How is this different from celebrating a business milestone or large project? Personal birthday cards are individualized, so the employee stands out in a place they otherwise can get lost in the shuffle.
Positive attitude spreads quickly, so one happy employee has the chance to impact many others around them. Sending out regular birthday cards and recognizing these employees will create a happier work culture.
Are There Benefits from Birthday Cards?
Recognizing employees on a personal level has shown to increase engagement by 76 percent, productivity by 50 percent, and decreased burnout by 40 percent in the workplace.
Cards allow employers and employees to develop a stronger, professional relationships. The employee may feel more comfortable bringing new ideas to the team or just become an all around nicer person in the workplace.
Need something done that an employee normally doesn’t do? Happier employees are more likely to tackle the task or go out of their way to help others if they feel they are a valued part of the team.
Oftentimes work cultures can become cold places as people compete against each other or grind through the day just so they can go home. Personal birthday cards can change that – or at least get employees to start thinking of others.
Sending cards to fellow employees and from upper management encourages discussion and friendliness throughout the office. Should there be a celebration too? That depends on the culture of your company.
Not every office is ready to get all the employees in the same room. However, if a small business has employees who are close professionally, it would be a good discussion to have with each other before springing a surprise on someone.
Greeting cards should be involved, whether the office does one together, or each employee gets their own for the birthday employee. Managers, bosses, and/or CEO should give their own card for a more personal touch.
Follow These Rules
Personal birthday cards should be directed toward an employee and somewhat personal, but they should not cross the line so the employee feels uncomfortable. So how is a personal touch added while still keeping it professional?
There is certain etiquette that should be followed when sending personal birthday cards.
If there is a party or announcement at the office that is accompanied by personal birthday cards, make sure the employee is fine with the celebration. Some people don’t like to be the center of attention or don’t want their personal life and work life crossing paths.
The conversation should happen at the date of hire. Put the necessary information in the notes where the schedule of birthdays is kept. This way, no one will forget and the employee will not be embarrassed when their birthday comes around.
For those who want cards, make sure to thank the employee and show they are needed at the company. Don’t write a generic statement on every card because employees will figure this out and the cards will no longer have meaning.
Write a funny story or a personal statement to the employee. The information should come firsthand and not office gossip. Take down notes as interesting things happen, whether it is at a company picnic or a conversation during lunch time.
Be on time. Employees get dinged for being late for work, so why should their birthday card be late? The ideal moment to give the card is on the birthday, but things happen. A day or two early or late is not a big deal, but don’t wait weeks.
How should the card be delivered? Hand delivery would be optimal, but this is not always possible in busy workplaces. Through the mail is fine so the employee can receive it at work. Don’t have an assistant or secretary deliver the card, as this sends a message of “I’m too busy to deal with this.”
The Overall Message of Birthday Cards
The message that personal birthday cards sends to an employee is that someone is thinking about them and they are an important part of the company. Recognizing the employee and their job well done on their birthday is a great motivator to keep them engaged.
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