The holiday season is just around the corner which means that it’s prime time for gift giving. Hopefully, you’ve got a list of gift ideas for your closest friends and family, but you may be wondering if you should or if you’re supposed to be giving a gift to your office superiors. This can be a very sticky place to be. After all, you don’t want to seem like you’re sucking up but you also don’t want to give off any hostility if you don’t get them a gift. If you do give them a gift, how much is too much money? Is the team pitching money for a gift? When am I supposed to give them this gift? The questions go on and on, and to add to it, it might add a bit of stress to your plate when thinking about another gift you have to pay for.
With so much to think about, we’re to hopefully alleviate some of that stress for you. In this blog post we will be dissecting the ins and outs of office gift giving so that you’re able to make a more concrete decision for yourself.
Evaluate The Office Culture
Every company is different, which can make it hard to evaluate whether or not you need to buy your boss or co-workers a holiday gift. One thing to think about is the culture of the office that you’re working in. Is it laid back and easy-going? Or is there a hard emphasis on dress and manner there? Only you can answer this, since you spend the majority of your day there. While no one should ever expect a gift, if you work in a stricter work environment there may be expectations that are already set. But if you work in a more laid back environment, there probably isn’t much if any expectation of a company gift.
How Much Do You Interact With Them?
If you’re someone who has interacted heavily with your higher-ups, it may be a good notion to get them a holiday gift. If you’ve been out on business trips where they’ve treated you to dinners and other excursions, no matter if they’re for business or not, then it would probably be a good notion to get them something. However, if you never see them or you have had very few interactions, it may not be necessary. After all, you may not even see them in time to give them the gift.
Ask Your Coworkers What’s Been Done In The Past
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Nothing should ever be assumed! If you’re new to the workplace or this is your first holiday season where you may be expected to participate in a corporate gift there’s no shame in not knowing. Find someone that you feel comfortable asking, they’re probably going to be your best resource anyways.
What Type of Gift Should I Give?
Holiday office gifts should be kept appropriate. Stay away from things that could be interpreted as too personal. Gifts that are specific to politics or religion should also not ever be gifted. Keep it light! A great gift that you’re sure to never go wrong with is food. Making something simple like homemade cookies, fudge, or any of your favorite recipes can be a great notion and are usually pretty stress-free when it comes to budget and time. Even the simple notion that you took the time out of your day to bring something in shows that you put in the effort, and that can go a long way!
Remember to only give what you feel comfortable giving. The holiday season can be a stressful time and it’s not worth compromising your own mental health over stress about an office gift. Don’t be afraid to speak up if participating in the office gift-giving is not in your budget this year. Everyone should be respectful of everyone’s finances and chances are, it’s probably not as big of a deal if you don’t participate. There’s always next year too. It’s okay.
If I Do Get A Gift, Where Should I Give It To Them?
If you do participate in the holiday gift-giving and decide that you want to give them something, you might be wondering when and where you should give it to them? This is completely up to you. While it may raise some eyebrows and trigger some eye rolls if you decide to give it to them in front of the entire company, it may also be weird if you give it to them privately. You may also only have select moments where you can give it to them. Try to do it as casually as possible; this can be leaving it on their desk or outside their office door. If your company is hosting a holiday event, giving it to them here may be a great option. It’s truly up to you!
Like we just mentioned, if you’re at a holiday event for your work, make sure that its at Bounce Sporting Club. With gourmet food, hand-crafted drinks, and incredible views of the Chicago skyline, it’s impossible to not have a good time here. We give you the perfect atmosphere that is casual, professional, and relaxed. Treat your employees to some holiday cheer and book your event with us! Connect with us today to get started! We can’t wait to have you!