Dear Ms. Cards Etiquette,
My boss is going in for surgery soon, and I’m not sure what to do. It’s nothing major or risky, but I don’t know if I should send a get well card or not. What do you think?
– Mary in Chicago
There shouldn’t be any problem with sending a get well card for someone who’s going to be in the hospital. If you’re worried about looking like you’re trying to curry favor, there’s one tried-and-true workaround …and it even makes the card more fun for the recipient! Remember back when you were in school, and one of your classmates had to go to the hospital? The teacher would send a get well card around the room for everyone in the class to sign, and then deliver it to the hospital. So that’s what you can do!
Just buy a nice, simple Get Well card, and send it around the office for everyone to add their well-wishes to. Then you and one or two other employees can go by the hospital during visiting hours to deliver it. Bringing some flowers or balloons to cheer up the hospital room is also a nice gesture, if your boss is the sort of person to appreciate those things.