Holiday Gifts at the Office? Follow These Rules

Holiday gift parties are a way for employees to have fun and get in the holiday spirit. Yet many are sources of dread, especially when a disconnect occurs between employees and employers. Below are 7 gift giving rules for every workplace.

1. Remember that most employees don’t want to give gifts in a work environment

Some employees may feel giving presents is too personal, others may not be able to afford gifts, while others may object due to their own personal reasons. Assuming that everyone is overjoyed to participate, can cause you to come across as uncaring and out of touch with the state of mind of your employees.

2. Gifts should never go to bosses from their underlings

Giving a gift to a superior leaves many employees feeling awkward, and in the worst case, extorted. No matter the intentions, this kind of gift-giving will appear unprofessional to those outside the business.

3. Never mandate gift-giving

Employees may have their own personal reasons for why they don’t want to give gifts to coworkers. Forcing them to do so may create feelings of resentment and anger. Both feelings that don’t belong in any workplace. Instead, announce that any gift exchanges are completely voluntary, and that there is no penalty for failing to participate.

4. Require only cheap gifts

Buying expensive gifts creates several problems. First, it can lead to feelings of favoritism. Secondly, office parties should be relaxed and fun. Requiring the spending of large sums of money on gifts can put a lot of pressure on employees to live up to expectations, limiting their enjoyment of office festivities. Finally, it is unfair to expect less wealthy employees to buy items suitable for their more wealthy coworkers, as it can lead to feelings of inferiority.

5. No personal gifts

These kinds of gifts can easily give false impressions, with disastrous results. Instead, give neutral items such as foodstuffs or gift cards. Also, don’t feel pressured to conform with company policy. Instead, politely inform your superiors that you don’t want to participate. Most will be willing to accept your position.

6. As an employer, don’t be insensitive toward your employees

Giving gifts that may offend religious or personal beliefs may lead employees to feel alienated or that you don’t really care about their feelings. Instead, listen to them calmly and do your best to understand any concerns they raise. By doing this, you will help alleviate any negative feelings they may have toward your holiday business practices.

7. Don’t feel obligated to buy gifts that cost more than you are willing to spend

Instead, simply maintain that you don’t want to participate. If this is an issue with your superiors, avoid reacting in anger. Remaining calm and standing firm in your position will help you avoid any angry confrontations with your coworkers or employer.

Derek often likes to blog about office life and business. When he is not blogging or working, he enjoys spending time with his family. The article above is for resume service.


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