So you've read our 3rd installment of the "12 Days of Christmas" tips and topics and thought, "That's nice, but I know our employees are going to give each other gifts this at the office this year." While giving back to the community as a team is often considered the gift that bonds best, done thoughtfully, giving gifts can also be a positive experience for team members. The trick is to make it about more than a simple present exchange. Monster recommends adding in a donation element, which can be a great idea. Your employees get to feel good knowing they brought joy not just to their co-workers, but community as well.
There are some things to avoid keep in mind when giving gifts at the office, however:
- Gift-giving should be voluntary. Not everyone has the time, money or energy to navigate a "Secret Santa" exchange or figure out what to give Dan in Accounting. That's okay. Make sure your employees know it, too.
- For those that do choose to participate, spending limits can be helpful. Keep it simple, keep it equitable and reduce awkwardness.
- Gifts from the company need to be mindful of the spectrum of beliefs, cultural differences, and religions (just to get started!). Your varied culture is created by people with a wide variety of lifestyles, all of whom need to be considered when choosing your holiday gifts so all of your employees can enjoy them. Also, avoiding culture-specific tidings helps to ensure your employees can enjoy it without concerns that the company is creating pressure through proselytizing.
- In the end, remember time is all we have. While gifts and cash bonuses are nice, one of the best gifts you can offer your employees is time off. Giving them time to spend with their families, to finish their holiday shopping, or even just unwind and de-stress is one of the most kind things you can do for your employees. And while it's not something they necessarily hold in their hands or you can wrap, that extra time to themselves is something they won't soon forget.