Basic Tips on Giving Gifts to Your Employees
There are occasions when gift-giving is done as part of the corporate business practice. The Christmas party is one of the major events wherein gifts are customarily given. When the company as a whole plans to give gifts to its employees, here are some tips to keep in mind:
Give gifts to everybody and do not show favoritism. – To be fair, you have to give gifts from your deputy down to the utility personnel. Treat them equally. Should you intend to give different items to each one, the value should not be too different.
If plan to give gifts to only a chosen few, be very discreet. – Sometimes, it cannot be avoided that there are employers who only intend to give presents to a select few like the loyal assistant, some of the clerks, and the more favored employees. If this is the case with you, do not announce to everyone about this plan. Keep silent about it and give your gifts when no one else can see; preferably outside the office premises. You will not like it when rumors will be circulating around charging you with favoritism if you're not discreet enough.
Be fair and consistent to everyone. – A personalized gift to a specific employee means a personalized gift to all. It is unethical to give a special gift to someone and a just a generic item to the rest. This will create undesirable feedbacks against you.
Choose gifts appropriately – There is a line that sets apart the appropriate gifts from the inappropriate ones. All the same, even if it seems so difficult to tread this border, there are still a few who prefer to test the un-chartered terrain. Leave that job to those who would like to take the unnecessary risks.
For your employees, make it a point to choose a corporate gift that suits the person. Use common sense. You should know well that the giftable items you can give to your spouse are different from the ones you may give to your employees.
Be sensitive -- Avoid giving chocolates, sweets, or cookies to your diabetic employees; neither should your overweight employees receive clothes that are unflattering to them, etc.
Avoid gender discrimination –don't favor one gender over another when selecting gift items. Be fair. It is advisable to choose unisex item that can be used by both men and women and give it to everyone.
Set apart the gift from the party – They are not the same. Never think that once you've held a party for your employees, you have already given your gift. A gift is a gift; a party is a party … that's plain and simple.
Take into consideration the important matters – Do not merely give what you feel like giving; give what is appropriate. Consider your employees' ethnicity, religion, health, cultural background, personal ethics, etc. Take note of these matters so to avoid hurting your employees in the process or risk having your gifts returned.
Take returned gifts well. - Receiving returned gifts may feel awkward but do not go ballistic that might make that employee an added number in the unemployment list. You will only frighten everyone if you do that. Be civil and appreciate their honesty.
Avoid giving work related gift items – Most corporate gift items that are unrelated to work is much appreciated because your employees are not obligated to use it at work or where you can see it.
Do not give gift items with double-meanings– "An Idiot's guide to pronunciation", "better understanding of ethics and professionalism", "ways to lose pounds fast", "The Labor Code," and anything of the like could insult anyone. Avoid these items at all cost.