An end-of-year gift is a great way to show your staff how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication. But good intentions can quickly turn into sticky situations. Here are some considerations:
Know the rules. Is there a company policy that prohibits giving gifts? What do other managers do in your company?
Keep it secular. Be sensitive to the fact that employees have varying religious beliefs. And some gifts may be offensive to certain cultures.
Don’t show favoritism. Treat every employee equally. Spend the same amount on each employee, and distribute gifts at the same time.
Keep the boss-employee line. Personal gifts, such as cologne or perfume, have no place at the office. Even if you know your employees well, keep gifts professional.
Consider the gift of food. Whether it’s individual gift cards to a nearby restaurant or a group luncheon on your dime, you can’t go wrong with food. If you’re on a tight budget, bring doughnuts and coffee or homemade goodies to the office.
Give the gift of time. Assuming you have the authority, offer employees an extra paid day off to thank them for a great year.
Don’t forget the card! Give each of your employees a card with your handwritten message of thanks. It’s a simple but meaningful way to show you truly care.