The office environment is a place of business where people normally have other things than friendship on their mind.
They have a job to do and they will work with the other people in the collective to see the task completed. However we’re not savages and therefore we don’t act as such when put in a room with other people. We develop friendships and usually the ideal scenario comes forth where employees and co-workers are more than just that. They turn into friends and sometimes even close friends. It may become appropriate to start gifting employees.
This can be great for the working environment and collective respectively, but it can also make things a lot trickier in some situations. For example, there are many occasions to gift someone. Whether you’re talking about someone’s birthday, baby shower, or just a national holiday, there will always be reasons to gift people. So what are you going to do, just hide in your office until the end of the day to avoid awkward contact with the people you’re not supposed to give presents to? That seems to be the mentality of many business owners and it’s incredibly wrong. You should definitely go out there and show your employees that you appreciate them. However there are some precautions you need to keep in mind since it is a working environment scenario.
Check out the rest of this article for a quick guide on the dos and don’ts of gifting employees:
How close are you to them?
If you want to gift someone on their birthday, take into account just how close you are to that person. Depending on the answer, you might want to reserve your gift to something smaller. It’s not just about how it looks but also how it feels for the person celebrating their birthday. They might feel embarrassed or uncomfortable accepting a really expensive gift if you don’t know them that well so good intentions can lead you astray.
Don’t pick favorites
Is there a national holiday underway, or in the near future? If you’re planning on giving your employees gifts, make sure to not pick favorites and try to gift everyone about the same in terms of gift value. Not to be confused with gift contents, as that brings us to the next point.
Be original and creative
If you just give everyone in the office the same gift, it will lose its significance quickly. Make sure to be original and give everyone something targeted at them specifically. This is where it helps to know a couple of things about each of your staff. Give them things you know they’ve been wanting or need. It can be anything from a couple days off to deal with personal issues to a new bookshelf for their office collection of fine reds. If one of your employees comes to work on a bike, it might be a sign that you should shop for them from Bikerringshop for some nice biker rings or biker jewelry. The examples can go on and on, but you get the point.