What are the chances your boss will really like the gift you're buying for them out of self-imposed obligation? Blogger Penelope Trunk suggests going with a handwritten note or general good cheer instead.
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Why skip what seems like a harmless bit of gift-giving? Trunk suggests that giving a Christmas-style gift can cause awkward diversity issues, while also taking a swipe at most blogs' recommendations for "Best Gifts for the Boss". But really, it boils down to what your boss really wants from you — a kind word, now and then:
5. If you want good cheer give good cheer.
You know what? I'm not a Grinch. I'm just pointing out that you are going to be happier if you write a note than if you give a gift, because gratitude is what makes people feel good. Giving it. Giving some material thing does not give you the same jolt of happiness that verbalizing and expressing gratitude does.And receiving material objects is not as gratifying as a thank you note filled with specific examples of how you added meaning to someone's workday.
Have you succeeded before with gifts to your supervisor, or do you go a different route? What are some of the worst office gift-giving scenarios you've encountered?
Don't give your boss a gift [Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist]