I received a bunch of cards on my birthday last week, some via the Internet and some via snail mail. (No offense, but, to me, the latter seemed more thoughtful.) I read every one of them and left the paper ones sitting out for a few days. I have some of them still. They all made me feel good and I appreciated everyone’s good wishes.
You probably take the time to send cards to your family and friends, but do you send cards to your employees and co-workers as well? After all, you probably spend more time with them than you do with your family. (If you have employees who work remotely, it is even more important to remember them.)
Set up a simple reminder system and, since you’re doing it anyway, include their date-of-hire anniversaries and any other important milestones in their lives as well.