December 7, 2011 at 11:35 am #147160
Any other tips/suggestions?
Title: 10 Keys to Stress-Free Workplace Gift-Giving
Author: Judy Martin
It scared the hell out of me the day after Thanksgiving. I walked into my office and I saw that a colleague had a package of red ribbons on her desk. Stress filled my body, the endorphins released and I knew there was no place to hide. Added to the stress of the work-life merge was the holiday bruhaha to be dealt with at work. That meant contemplating the office gift routine.
Like many of us, it creates an unwanted stress factor for a number of reasons.
December 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm #147162
Our office gift routine is stress-free. We do a random gift exchange; and by “random” I don’t mean ‘Secret Santa’ where you know who you are giving to but it is randomly chosen; I mean the entire thing is random: The day of the exchange, anyone wishing to participate brings a gift, then some sort of game is played that facilitates randomly passing the gifts back and forth in a circle/crowd/etc. At the end everyone who brought a gift winds up with a gift (and is allowed to make an ‘extra’ pass to someone if necessary to avoid winding up with their own). We also mandate a fairly low dollar value limit for the gifts (10 or 15 bucks) to avoid getting into ethics rules or into any sort of guilt/lopsided/unfairness feeling in a gift exchange that includes everyone from GS-15’s to GS-5’s and everything in between (additionally, for the ethics rules considerations, we generally do not include contractors). All of this adds up to make this fun, simple, appropriate, and stress-free. 🙂
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