What are the things that have had the most impact on you over the years? Little things do mean a lot and a hand written note, on the surface, is a little thing. It is widely recognized as a good practice in business. I've found that it works at home too.
Taking time out of a busy schedule and caring enough to pull out a card, or just a piece of paper and write, not type, a message of thanks, appreciation, or acknowledgement of a job well done. A message to let someone know that you have recognized their efforts and that you care. We're all human and it feels good to be appreciated.
Recognized when you're not expecting it. Everyone gets a nice card on their birthday or even a bit of recognition at a meeting but when you don't see it coming, it feels more sincere and often has a greater impact.
The hand-written note stands the test of time in the age of crazy schedules and a seemingly always full Inbox. I still have a few that were given to me over the years and as I reflect back on them, I realize what a profound impact they really did have. I always enjoyed writing them and "finding something right" that a member of the team had done. It always let them know you were paying attention to the details. That also had the added benefit of letting them know I was paying attention. Nothing wrong with that!
It's a practice that should not be overlooked. I need to do more of it.
Have you had any experiences +/- on the subject?