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December 18, 2013

Balancing Act: Gift-giving at work can be awkward all around

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WORKPLACE GIFT-GIVING TIPS:

Do:

-Give everyone the same level of gift within your budget.

-Write a handwritten thank-you note if you receive a gift from the boss.

-Consider a group gift from the team for the boss.

-Choose a gift related to someone’s hobby (gift cards are acceptable).

-Exchange gifts with a specific co-worker/friend outside the office.

-Stay away from giving alcohol (some policies forbid it).

Don’t:

-Feel like you’re expected to reciprocate gift-giving.

-Give a gift to a co-worker on a tight budget.

-Give a gift too personal (nose-hair trimmer, flowers, lingerie).

-Give a gift that involves self-improvement (weight loss, makeovers, etc.).

-Re-gift an item from anyone in your office to another co-worker.

SOURCE: Elena Brouwer, director of the International Etiquette Centre in Hollywood, Fla.

Cindy Krischer Goodman is CEO of BalanceGal LLC, a provider of news and advice on how to balance work and life. She can be reached at balancegalgmail.com. Read her columns and blog at http://worklifebalancingact.com/.

 

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