Giving gifts is one of my favorite things. When our children were young, Christmas gift giving was magic. Some year’s money was tight and we added homemade gifts to store-bought. During prosperous years we probably over did it.
Generosity invigorates and delights everyone. However…
I’m against gift giving at work. If your office doesn’t do it, don’t start it. If you currently give gifts at work, be a scrooge and end the practice. Find an authentic alternative for spreading holiday cheer. For example, adopt a poor family and buy gifts for them rather than each other.
Office gift giving is an awkward obligation where gifts are usually not gifts. They are obligatory strokes and butt-kisses. Sometimes you give gifts to people you don’t like.
If you are personal friends with co-workers, bosses, or support staff, give them gifts outside the office. Make it personal and private.
5 rules for giving gifts in the office:
- Never give personal gifts in the office.
- If you don’t have authority, follow the current gift giving protocols. Rocking the boat isn’t worth it.
- Gift giving in small offices makes sense.
- If you must give gifts, give the same one to everyone.
- Office parties are the best alternative to gift giving.
Point of Clarity:
Let’s be clear. I’m all about generosity. I love giving and continue learning the joy of receiving.
Additionally, many of you are reaching out to help me during these difficult days, since my nearly fatal accident. As of last night over $5,000.00 has been donated. Your incredible generosity lifts me. Thank you!
My opinion is, however, office gift giving usually isn’t gift giving because it’s obligatory.
What are your thoughts on giving gifts in the office?
How can organizations spread holiday cheer within the office?
Yesterday, I asked folks on my Facebook page about office gift giving. Read their comments: Leadership Freak Coffee Shop
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