Send Christmas Cards To Your Team

Christmas is a natural time of reflection on the previous 12 months and an ideal opportunity to acknowledge the members of your team for their efforts. Let's face it, between lockdowns, homeschooling, Zoom meetings and attempting to work from home, many employees have never felt more stressed and stretched than they do right now. Now more than ever it's critical for employers to show their employees just how much they mean and how critically they're valued within their organisation.

No matter where your team might be located - all in one city, or dispersed around the world - sending Christmas cards can be a highly effective way of showing gratitude to your team. Thank your team for the year that was and all their efforts and sacrifice and look forward to seeing each other back in the office in 2022 for Friday drinks!

Stay Connected With Your Team

We're in the midst of what is being called The Great Resignation. In March 2021 it was reported that 41% of employees were considering leaving their current employer and 46% said they’d likely move on because they can now work remotely1. The mood that has accompanied remote working has impacted lots of industries and absolutely needs to be a consideration of employers and HR departments everywhere.

One of the biggest drivers in the decision to leave a role is the disconnect between leaders and their employees. Whilst business leaders were more likely to report that they were thriving with the new ways of working, 37% of the global workforce reported that they were being asked to do too much by their employers. Poor levels of empathy and a lack of acknowledgement for the hard work of employees quickly leads to higher levels of staff turnover.

At Cardly, we're helping organisations each and every day to acknowledge and celebrate their team no matter where they might be in the world. We make the sending of highly personalised Christmas cards quick and easy, but we can also help celebrate employee birthdays and work anniversaries too! Each card is an opportunity for an organisation and management eams to show that they care. The surprise and delight of receiving real mail and getting an acknowledgement is a small yet powerful gesture that employees really appreciate.

More Human, Yet More Apart

As people began working from home, more of their lives outside work were on show. Their homes, pets and children were on display for colleagues to see and get to know them on a deeper level. This shared experience meant each person became a bit more human and a little less someone that only exists in our Monday to Friday, 9-5 world. According to a Worklab study1, one in five workers virtually met their colleagues’ pets or families, and one in six reported crying with a colleague.

However, while we saw more of our colleagues' lives, we ironically saw less of our colleagues. Gone were the opportunities to go out for a drink at the end of a week or to celebrate a hard-won proposal - and drinks via Zoom wasn't remotely the same. The lack of truly personal interaction cut against the greater visibility we had into people's lives, giving us a less personal connection than we would otherwise have in an office together.

So, this created an opportunity for greater authenticity in the workplace and real opportunities (and challenges!) to do things differently.

Cardly has helped to keep things personal for a number of prominent companies throughout our new working-from-home life. We've enabled teams to send physical messages to each other as pen pals and celebrate team members who have gone above and beyond. Receiving a real, physical card with beautiful artwork and a heartfelt message provides more impact and tangible appreciation, versus receiving a quick email to say thanks. We genuinely believe that keeping things real helps foster a greater sense of camaraderie and appreciation than most of what we'll see on screens.

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Through Cardly, our team was able to organise an initiative called "Cards of Appreciation", wherein Googlers could send physical cards to someone that provided them support or guidance during what was a difficult year. Cardly was incredibly well received by the team, with individuals sending cards to colleagues, mentors, friends and family all around the world.
- Karen Zhang, Google Cloud

Making Sending Christmas Cards Easy

We make sending Christmas cards to your team after another challenging year simple. It's a great opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the hard work and difficult times all of your colleagues have been dealing with. We also recognize that not every organisation is the same, so we give HR teams and leaders a few options to choose from.

Our most popular solution is uploading or selecting a beautiful Christmas or Holiday card design, writing the perfect message to your team and then uploading a list of recipients to have the card personalised for and sent to. It's a quick and effective process that allows you to send hundreds or thousands of Christmas cards to your team in a fraction of the time that it would take to write them by hand.

Cardly offers three ways for you to send greeting cards to your team in bulk:

  • We can send directly to your team members, making the whole process easier for teams located around the world;
  • If you'd like to include something else in the envelopes, we can ship personalised cards to your office - addressed and stamped, but left unsealed; or
  • We can send everything in bulk to your office with just a recipient's name on each of the envelopes, so they can be included in another gift.

We can also assist with sending bulk blank cards back to you if you'd prefer to write or sign everything by hand. If you have specific requirements or ideas we're more than happy to try to accommodate your request, so please send an email to support@cardly.net and let us know what you're trying to do!

Amazing Team Engagement For Christmas

If you want to take things a step further and let your team or managers organise even more personal and tailored messages, we can help make this simple! By uploading your employee data to one or more of our contact lists and then inviting your managers to access your personalised Cardly business portal, you can empower each team to create their own truly unique messages for each of their colleages. This allows the manager to craft a unique message to each of their direct reports, whilst leveraging Cardly’s templates and copy functions to send cards much faster than putting a real pen to paper. They can even have their signature added as part of the message if they'd like!

We also offer a way for your team to send Christmas messages to each other securely, without needing to know each other's address - or ever seeing this information. Simply upload your team's details to a contact list, then invite your employees to access your business portal. They can then write a message to whoever they like within your team by selecting their recipient's name from a list and using credit you've purchased in advance! We'll work out the final address, put it on the envelope and send it to the right person, all without the sender ever seeing these details.

This is a great way for peers to celebrate each other and show thanks at Christmas after a long and difficult year. All addressing and personal information is hidden from the individual's view and the HR team can see how the team engages with the platform at all times.

No matter your need, we're here to help with Christmas - whether it's sending Christmas cards to your team, letting them express their thanks to each other, or anything in between. If you'd like to get started, please visit our business page and request a sample.

Our support team is always available and ready to answer any queries or provide asssistance if needed. Either catch us on live chat below, or email us via support@cardly.net - one of our amazing team members will get back to you as soon as possible.

We're looking forward to helping you create some amazing team engagement this Christmas!

References

1. The Next Great Disruption Is Hybrid Work — Are We Ready?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use my own artwork for my Christmas cards?

    Absolutely, if you have your own designs or are looking to create something special we absolutely recommend this! To help with this, you can find specification documents in your personalised business portal that you can provide to a designer to streamline this process too.

    We also have royalty free artwork that you can use and around 1000 premium Christmas & Holidays card designs to choose from. We're always available to help too, so please get in touch with support@cardly.net if you need any assistance with getting artwork set up.

  • When do I need to send my Christmas cards?

    Cardly allows you to schedule cards for any future date. So you can schedule cards at any time to arrive when you want in December. Should you not wish to schedule your cards in advance, we recommend all orders are placed by December 14 to ensure they arrive before December 25.

  • Can I put my logo on the cards?

    Absolutely! By default we will put your logo on the back of any card you send through your business portal. You can also upload custom artwork should you want the back of the card to be more bespoke or carry a personal message. Our cards are printed on the highest quality digital presses so you can upload full colour images and be confident that they'll look great.

  • Will I be able to see what the cards look like before they are printed?

    Absolutely! Regardless of whether you are sending a single card or a campaign you will be able to review your design or campaign proofs before completing an order. We encourage you to use these to review the artwork and make sure you are happy.

  • How do I invite others to my account?

    Once you have created a business account, you will find the option to manage users under the setting menu. This will allow you to invite people individually or you can upload an entire list of people and invite them en masse. Please contact Cardly support if you need any assistance.