It’s the first day of Hanukkah and the start of holiday gift-giving season. But giving gifts in the workplace can raise questions about what’s appropriate to give to your employees and clients. Following some key workplace gift-giving dos and don’ts can take a lot of stress out of the holiday season.
If you don’t already have one, it’s a good idea to craft an office gift-giving policy. This may cover issues such as whether employees may receive gifts from vendors and, if so, whether there’s a limit to the monetary value of the gifts they receive.
Also, if your employees plan to exchange gifts, determine what types of gifts are appropriate. Good taste and sound judgment come into play when recommending what to buy.
If you’re planning on giving gifts to customers, call the company and ask about their specific gift-giving policy before sending something that your client cannot accept. Some clients will gladly accept a nice bottle of wine or box of fruit, while others aren’t allowed to receive gifts of any kind.