Here's a piece from the Wall Street Journal that suggests we all need to . Two examples of what they say does not work are:
- A Victoria's Secret gift card for the cute gal who works in the neighboring cubicle.
- A dictionary for the new co-worker whose misspellings on email you've had to correct.
They also go on to tell what you should/shouldn't give your boss, co-workers, and subordinates.
You can get their thoughts by clicking through on the above link, but for now, here's what I do:
- Our company (small) gives a group gift to the owners of the company.
- I give a small gift (usually a loaf of homemade bread) as well as a nice note to everyone in the office.
- No one else gives out gifts. Update: My boss gave us all gift baskets.
- In the past when I've worked at larger companies, I've usually given a card to everyone with presents only going to one or two close friends. I might take my staff out for lunch, but that's the only "present" I give them.
What do you do? Do you give to your boss, co-workers, and those that report to you? Do they give to you?