Handwriting Adds a Personal Note to Business

Are we relying on our keyboards a little too much in order to communicate in the workplace? A sudden rise in the sale of writing instruments and handwriting stationery could be reflecting a fresh desire for a more personal touch to our conversations.

Think about the last time you received a letter addressed to your home or business. Did it contain handwriting with due care and attention? Or did it contain computer created text like a large majority of sent mail? It’s rare to receive a handwritten letter or even to produce handwritten documents these days, but are we missing the point by not picking up a pen more often?

Retaining Information

It wouldn’t be a common link to make between our memories and written information, but handwriting has the ability to improve our reliance on memory. A survey conducted on 650 students across ten different countries revealed that handwriting was favoured amongst the group as it helped them to retain more knowledge on the subjects they were studying. Transfer this over to the business world and there is already a picture emerging on the impact this could have on productivity and creativity in the workplace. Important events, scheduled meetings and deadlines – you could be more likely to remember important occasions like these by jotting them down on a piece of paper or in a notebook.

Getting Personal

With the benefits on our memories handwriting could provide, what’s more important than staying in the minds of those we work with and hope to work with? Potential customers, clients and even current work colleagues prefer the power of the pen – a survey conducted by Blake Envelopes indicates that 57% of people noted that receiving handwritten mail made them feel more valued overall. Only 17% said that they felt the same about receiving an email. If you want to really impress the people around you, start practicing your handwriting skills to provide that personal touch to your communications.

Feeling Happier

As strange as it might seem, producing handwritten documents and mail has been linked to increasing overall mood levels. A study by Steve Toepfer at Kent State University concludes that making a habit of writing thoughtful letters of gratitude increases happiness, satisfaction and can even lessen the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Breaking away from the confines of your desk and screen can make communication with your colleagues much simpler and more productive. Therefore, for a more personal benefit, it can provide a much needed boost on any off days you might experience.

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