Gift Giving

The do’s and don’ts of a gift exchange at work

As the holiday season approaches, there are a few things to consider in 2005 when it comes to proper etiquette surrounding gift-giving at work for festive celebrations. If you’ve just landed a new job as a new boss, for instance, what is the proper way to thank your employees? Or, if you’re a new employee, are you expected to buy gifts for your coworkers?

If you’re uncertain about the office protocol, ask your coworkers to find out whether gifts are exchanged. With employees already feeling overworked and overwhelmed with commercialism this time of year, many are happy to forego the gift exchange and simply celebrate with colleagues during a lunch, a dinner or even a semi-formal event. Management in small companies are now even taking their coworkers out for lunch individually as a way of thanking them.

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