The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and celebration, but they can also be a source of stress when it comes to workplace gift giving. Buying a gift for everyone in the office can become expensive and overwhelming. Do I buy my boss a gift? How much do I spend? What about my staff and coworkers?
To avoid going broke and becoming stressed this holiday season, we recommend these tips:
Go in with your coworkers on a group gift for the boss. A group gift can help take the pressure off when budgets are tight. If someone else is already coordinating a group gift, make sure to participate. If your boss receives a group gift from everyone in the department and you didn’t chip in, it will reflect poorly on you.
Deliver gifts privately without making a show in front of other coworkers. Trying to show off or out-gift your colleagues will only create unnecessary hard feelings.
Keep the gift simple and sincere, and relatively inexpensive. Also, when you give over-the-top gifts, it puts pressure on the recipient to respond in kind. As a rule, expensive gifts are always better given (and received) when coming from a group.
Cash gifts send the message that it was a last-minute decision and that you don’t care enough to get to know your bosses’ or coworkers’ tastes or interests. Another reason to never give cash is that small amounts seem trivial and obligatory and large amounts seem unnecessary. Unless you are giving out bonuses from your company to your employees, never give cash as gifts.
If, however, your stress comes from being without a job this holiday season, apply online today.