Gift-giving for the boss — it’s a tricky subject many employees are pondering this holiday season.
Deciding whether to get your boss a holiday gift can be difficult, and choosing the right present can be even trickier.
1. Determine whether exchanging gifts is the done thing in your workplace
Before you invest in a gift for your boss, check the policies and procedures manual, Randall suggests, or just call your HR department to make sure your boss is permitted to accept a gift from staff.
2. Don’t start a trend
It also couldn’t hurt to ask around the office to see if gift-giving is the norm. If no one else gives a gift, it’s best not to be the one to start the trend, Randall says.
3. Consider how it will look
Also, avoid gift-giving if your gesture be construed as kissing up to the boss or expecting something in return, or if your boss will be uncomfortable receiving a gift from you.
“When in doubt, don’t do it!” Randall warns.
4. Don’t go overboard
If you do decide to give your boss a gift this holiday season, don’t go too crazy.
A nice note expressing your good wishes is really all you need, and if you want to give a gift, you’re better off going with a small trinket like a “coffee on me” gift card in the amount of one cup of coffee, Randall says.
5. Be discreet
At the end of the day, even if all you give is a note, there’s really no need to announce your gesture to your coworkers, Randall says. You don’t want anyone resenting you for being the only one who thought to get a card. Or better yet, have all your coworkers sign the card, too.
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