One of the most common excuses I hear for not writing thank you notes is:
“I don’t have time.”
Actually, you don’t have time not to write them. Let me explain…
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Now before I tell you why that is a lame excuse and tell you why you have to write them, I need to admit something.
The number one excuse I use is that “I don’t have time.”
Thursday rolls around and the calendar says “Write thank you notes,” just like it does every Thursday. Thursday, for me, is like Christmas for some, I know it’s coming. I know what it means, but I always act surprised when it comes around and I never budget the time to write notes.
Meetings at 10:00 and 2:00, interview at 3:00, phone calls to return, blog posts to finish, and lunch…I’d like to eat. And I have a mound of email. But no time for thank you notes.
Q: What’s the best way to get your team involved in the holiday spirit?
A: Make corporate giving a team effort.
So often, companies that do give, do so without much fanfare internally. Even worse, they do so without involving their team. The CEO or other person decides who to give to, writes a check, and it’s done with. Rinse and repeat next year.
But the better way to do it is to involve your team. Get them excited about what the company is doing to support the community, help the needy, and in the process, spread the word about the company. (Yes, community involvement can be a marketing strategy…and no, that isn’t evil).
Top 5 benefits to involving your team in giving
1. They buy-in to the giving
When they are a part of choosing the recipients, everyone rallies around the cause.