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Should I Buy My Boss a Gift? How to Give Gifts in the Office

Posted on the 22 May 2014 by Ncrimaldi @MsCareerGirl
Should I Buy My Boss a Gift? How to Give Gifts in the Office

Have you ever had a problem thanking someone in the office?

Knowing the right people may be able to get you that position, promotion, or that connection that you need to make things happen for your career. However, showing appreciation in the office environment is incredibly tricky. How do you do it without crossing the line to unprofessional territory, or raising your co-worker’s eyebrows?

RULE 1. KEEP IT SMALL AND THOUGHTFUL. Here’s a good rule. Buy something meaningful as oppose to something expensive, something that relates to position, interest, or shared event. Something expensive can seem like you are over reaching and trying too hard to please. The goal behind gift giving is showing gratitude, not showing bank. Sincere yet not overly personal.

RULE 2. DISCRETION WILL SERVE BOTH OF YOU GOOD. It is best to give the gift with discretion. Not that you are trying to hide it from the world because you have an ulterior motive (that’s called a bribe). You just don’t want to appear like you are gloating about being given a favor or showing appreciation for it. Keep the buzz to a minimum.

RULE 3. NEVER EVER CASH. If you’re not a boss giving bonuses or incentives don’t dare. Sire it’s convenient but I think cash is a bit inappropriate as any form of gift to anyone anyway. If you really have to, try a gift card with a humble, reasonable amount.


It wont be cliché if given with sincerity

RULE 4. TANGIBLE IS BEST. A favor or an IOU is a big NO NO. Keep it as mental note and offer it freely when the moment arises, but never voice it out. Can’t afford a gift for now? Write a modest thank you note.

RULE 5. NO EXPECTATIONS. Sincerity is about not expecting anything in return. Give with heart and true gratitude, not as a strategy. Gift giving in the professional world is not as hard as you think.

Follow these 5 rules and you will have both a great and APPROPRIATE token of appreciation for anyone in the office.

Do you have any other tips or want to share your experience with giving gifts in the office? Tweet us @mscareergirl or comment below!

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