Especially after a crazy year like this one, when many employees have been working remotely and the feeling of communality and bond between coworkers might have weakened, it’s important to remember your employees and remind them that they contribute to a bigger whole and that that their role is seen and appreciated.
Many companies have also been forced to cancel their Christmas parties, which in some work communities is the highlight of the year. The Christmas party is often a chance to show appreciation and pamper the team with a beautiful party. This is also a chance for the employees to relax with coworkers and come closer on a personal level, simultaneously building a stronger communality.
While considering Chrstmas presents it is therefore good to take into consideration the weakening of the communality that many companies have experienced during this time of working from home and because of the lack of communal events.
There is always a risk that you buy a crappy gift especially if you are making your decision stressed and in a hurry. The stuff you find around the office – you know the pencils, shopping bags, notebooks with the company logo – are one of the no-no:s as most of your employees probably stare at these day in and day out at the office. You probably should avoid cheap “Made in Taiwan” stuff as well. If you stop and take a moment to consider what you would appreciate as a gift from your employer, you’re on the right track.
Would it be better to skip the Christmas present altogether? People have enough stuff as it is and companies are expected to take more responsibility and make more sustainable choices. Or does the decision just need a bit more contemplation?