In year's gone you probably received plenty of letters, but today real letters (not from your bank or electricity supplier) are probably thin on the ground. Maybe an invitation to a wedding, or a thank-you card for a Christmas present.
What do you feel when you receive a real letter?
- That some-one took the time to write it and post it.
- That is was personal to you and not a mass Facebook update
- That they actually used a pen rather than a keypad
- That they chose a card specific to you
- That you smiled when a hand-written envelope came through the door
|How great will Jim feel when this drops through his door?|
So why not use letters as a way of thanking your team members now and again? Perhaps a postcard or letter for another year's service, or a great project that was brought in on budget.
Your team member will seriously appreciate that you've taken the time to sit down, think about it, write them a letter and post it. Their family will no doubt see it as well - "Hey check this out, I've got a letter from my manager!" Public praise in the home is at the heart of social leadership!
Take a moment to think about some of the great work that your team has done over the past few months, and start sending a few postcards or letters. Don't over do it - perhaps a couple per team member per year - that way they will be appreciated and not considered your standard practice.
Let us know here on the blog how you get on!