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Large and small businesses alike both depend on digital technology to perform countless tasks and many of us nowadays even use our personal devices, such as tablets and smartphones, to get work done.

So what does this mean for the humble pen and paper? Whilst some may dismiss them as archaic in a 21st century workplace, a study by job site CV-Library found that almost 3/4 of UK professionals prefer to write a to-do list on paper than on an electric device. Meanwhile, more than half said they feel handwriting is important at work for signing contracts. And, some 98.5% of professionals say they use pens in the workplace. So it clearly makes sense for businesses to supply their team with pens, pads and stationery.

So what are the benefits of handwriting? According to The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) there are many…

Handwriting shows you care
WIMA regards handwriting as one of the few ways in which an individual can express themselves uniquely, as well as a means of adding intimacy to a communication and letting readers into someone’s personality. Ultimately, taking the time to physically write something down allows you to “show someone you care,” so it’s worth taking a moment to actually sign typed formal letters to employees, customers and clients.

Good for the brain
Countless studies have demonstrated that writing by hand helps motor skills, cognitive development and understanding of a subject. So issuing your team with notebooks could pay off if it enables them to utilise these vital qualities.

Aids creativity
Brainstorming sessions often involve a marker pen and white board – and this is because physically writing something down helps creative juices to flow. As WIMA puts it: “Several celebrated works start out as a mere idea. Once you write it down, it brings it to life.” The organisation also point out that some of the most celebrated authors would rather use a pen and paper instead of an electronic device. In fact, author JK Rowling apparently made notes on paper napkins for her Harry Potter books!

David Baker, Executive Director of WIMA, added: “Though computers and email play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word.” With this final thought, if an organisation wants to connect with its workforce and customers on a deeper level there’s still a place for pens and paper in the workplace for years to come.

 

Further Reading / Sources
Handwriting at Work Could be Extinct for Future Generations –¬†Personnel Today
Celebrate National Handwriting Day January 23rd –¬†Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association