Lesson: Your Signature Shouldn’t Always Include Your Last Name

Posted on March 16, 2014

I always get questions about thank you notes – how to write them, what to say, and how to say it.

You should always think about writing thank you notes – as frequently as possible to those who help you out. Make sure you are also writing them after every gift you receive. When writing an internal note like this, just sign your first name. I had a boss correct me one time for using my first and last name on an internal office note. She said, “Lauren, I know who you are! You don’t need to sign your last name.” My professionalism was almost “too professional” in that case and my note didn’t come across as warm as it should have because I used my first and last name. I thought this was an interesting experience and something you should all note.


5 comments
LauraMonroe1
LauraMonroe1

Personalized thank you notes are the best way to show someone that you appreciate them. I totally agree, and I try to remember to write them all of the time! 

kmilsays
kmilsays

I love this!  At Macy's, we have cards that say "you did something great today and I noticed," and we can fill them out and give them to our coworkers to thank them or recognize them.  It never hurts to praise someone for doing something great!


I'm going to check out the Kate Spade stationary as well!

nat_arroyo26
nat_arroyo26

This is such great advice, thank you Lauren! I never thought about how being “too professional” could have a reserve effect! 

sayaarakawa
sayaarakawa

I love the idea of writing thank you notes whenever you can and, yes, I completely agree with the first name only. It just feels more personable and friendly. Getting your own personal stationary, too, will also help to make the note more personal as opposed to a generic card. Great post!

LaurenNevidomsky
LaurenNevidomsky

I think the same goes for internal emails. Usually when writing people I haven't met, I always start with Mr./Ms. (last name). I always felt that I needed to do that during my internship, but if you are working side-by-side with someone for hours, you should just use their first name (and sign your first name), no matter how senior they are in the company.