How to Manage Office Gift-Giving Thoughtfully

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-12-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    How to Manage Office Gift-Giving Thoughtfully

    Without guidelines about gift-giving that are provided ahead of time, you run the risk of having some employees buy presents for everyone, while others buy none.
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    Stuffed Stockings
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    Stuffed Stockings

    22% of the employees surveyed said they plan to buy holiday gifts for their co-workers, and 21% expect to do so for their boss.
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    Of those who plan to buy gifts, 73% expect to spend no more than $25 per item.
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    Good Times, Part I

    69% of the employers surveyed plan to throw a holiday party for their employees this year.
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    54% plan to give employees holiday bonuses this year, and 15% said the bonus will be larger than last year's.
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    Generous Spirit

    48% of the employers said their organization will make a charitable donation this year.
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    Oddball Office Gift: Giving a Hand
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    One employee gave a co-worker a pair of gloves—but both were left-handed.
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    Another staffer presented a colleague with a singing chicken.
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    An employee thought toilet paper that looked like money would be a welcome gift.
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    Oddball Office Gift: Fashion Statement

    One clueless staffer presented a colleague with a coconut bra.
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    Another worker offered a fake lottery ticket as a holiday gift.
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    One thoughtless staffer gave a colleague a pen holder that looks like a crime scene victim.
 

The holiday season can lead to some awkward moments in the office, especially if management lets gift-giving get out of control. Without specific guidelines that are provided well ahead of time, you run the risk of having some employees buy presents for everybody (including you), while others buy nothing at all. Or your chief digital officer may splurge as a designated "secret Santa" and spend hundreds on gifts, upsetting employees who are budget-constrained. To avoid this, CareerBuilder has come out with an office gift-giving survey that establishes useful guidelines. For starters, if you impose a ban on holiday gift-giving, you wouldn't be a Grinch, since most employees don't exchange gifts. Among those who do, the vast majority spend no more than $25 per item. But whether or not you allow a gift exchange, you should consider having an office party, as most employers do have one. On a more humorous note, CareerBuilder provided some oddball office gifts as part of its survey, and we've included some of those here. Nearly 2,380 HR and hiring managers and more than 3,335 employees took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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