This December, I'm dedicating my blogs to the sometimes prickly issues associated with the holiday season at work. In this first post, you'll get a few ideas about workplace gift giving. Next, I'll talk about how to make the most of the holiday party. Finally, in my last post this month, I'll give you some things to think about as you head off for some rest over the holidays.
When done with the right intentions, giving and receiving gifts is a wonderful way to create or cement a connection between people. When lopsided, or over-done, it can quickly become a source of angst.
Here are a few tips for your workplace holiday gift giving:
If you're wondering how I approach holiday gift giving. Several years ago, when I was managing a large team, it became infeasible to give gifts to everyone. Instead, I started a tradition of making handmade cards with a personalized note to each of my teammates. These small but personal tokens are my way of showing my teammates how much they mean to me.
How will you handle holiday gift giving at work? Do you have stories of a teammate who touched you with a lovely gift? Any horror stories? Share in the comments below.