Christmas in the office

Thinking ahead to Christmas- don’t worry I will celebrate Thanksgiving before I put my Christmas tree up -the Minyard’s are wrapping up their Christmas gift shopping. We don’t budget a lot for Christmas, because it’s just not necessary and we are carefully following a plan to get us (and keep us) debt free. That means cutting where you can and quite frankly Christmas gifts for each other and everyone else have been cut the last couple of years (we are bringing some back this year because of some extra income we hadn’t planned on having, but that is neither here nor there). So who made the list for Christmas gifts in our house? Our child and each other. Seriously, that’s it. We have several brothers, sisters, nephews, parents, and grandparents we would love to buy for, but we committed to this budget and we are staying on track. Unfortunately for my boss, that means no Christmas gift for him. Hey dude-I really like you and I am thankful to work for you-Merry Christmas? That’s all I got.  It’s easy for me to cut gift giving though because gifts is not my love language (if you are curious it is acts of service).

Adding ourselves back to the Christmas gift list this year does have me reflecting on Christmas past at work and here is what I can remember: Previously, I’ve given my employees the opportunity to each tell me how they wanted to celebrate Christmas in the office and then allow majority to rule. I’ve also done the goofy ornament swap, Christmas for the whole office, name drawing, and dirty Santa. Truth is, when I was the boss lady I didn’t doubt that I should buy my employees a Christmas gift, but never ever expected one from them. I think I communicated that to them, but I honestly cannot remember. Working in a small office made this less of a big deal, but the bigger the staff, the more consideration you need to give here. I’m curious what you all do in the office and what your role is? Are you the boss that tells your employees not to get you a gift? Do you have a set way that you do Christmas in the office that you and all of your employees enjoy? Do you know if one of your employees isn’t comfortable pitching in the $10 for a group gift because they follow a strict budget? Hit me up in the comments below… let’s talk Christmas!

Author: Kristina H. Minyard, SHRM-CP, PHR

My goal is to challenge the way we view, measure, and utilize HR and recruiting in a positive and encouraging way. I love working in HR and value the network of HR professionals that I also call friends. I'm always learning from my fellow HR pros and find comfort in their expertise. I'm an active member of my local SHRM chapter (NASHRM) and a total HR enthusiast! My HR related knowledge is a mix of recruiting, retaining, engaging and just plain helping people discover their passion. I'm a follower of Christ, Wife, Mom, Corporate Recruiter, Blogger, problem solver, runner, Sports FANATIC & Razorback surviving amongst the [crimson] tide! You can find me on twitter & Instagram: @HRecruit Snapchat: kminny32 Google+: LinkedIn: Thoughts here (and on all my social media channels) are mine and do not represent the thoughts/beliefs of my employer. Why would I name my blog HR Pockets? Read about it in my first post years ago!!

2 thoughts on “Christmas in the office”

  1. Good stuff.
    I love Christmas (BTW, its okay if you put your tree up now – forget those scrooges). In the past I had a no gift policy. Then I decided that I would only buy things if the Christmas Spirit moved me to. But absolutely no black friday shopping for me. I give myself a total budget for everyone and try to operate within that number.I focus on the kids and the people who have been especially thoughtful, kind and sweet to me throughout the year.
    Merry Christmas

  2. I would never expect my direct reports to give me anything! However, I do plan to give them small, meaningful gifts from me to them. This is a tough area, if you work some where and there is a “group gift” as I am sure some co-workers would see it as you not carrying your part if did not donate. The boss should set clear expectations – no gifts!

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