Christmas time - gnome time. Also among colleagues. But as funny as it sounds - giving and giving presents can quickly lead to upsets. Because not every present triggers joy for every addressee. We give tips on what to keep in mind so that a harmless present does not turn into a career trap.
Help, an elf party
"And then we'll do another pixie party ..." this harmless sentence that is thrown out causes great stress for many colleagues. For what gift arrives? And which present makes you look stupid? For elves is more than just a custom: With a gift you pay colleagues also recognition and respect for their work.
But this also means, conversely, that those who are dissatisfied with their present can not quickly recognize themselves and feel humiliated by others. Therefore, it is important in a professional context, to consider the choice of the gift exactly.
Different variants of the gnome
In the case of the elf you have to differentiate basically two forms:
1. Blindwimmers - advantages and disadvantages
When Blindwichteln all gifts are thrown into a sack and everyone pulls one. The advantage is that no one goes out empty when the donor is ill.
The downside is that everyone has to find a neutral gift that will not kick anyone. The gift may not be too cheap, for example, that could offend the gifted. It must be gender-neutral: Even if there are only a few female colleagues, it is risky to give a tie. Finally, it must also take into account the background of the colleagues.
For example, chocolate chocolates filled with alcohol can become a problem when colleagues are Muslims - or just want to lose weight. But: Any problems that anyone with the well-meant gift could have, you can not anticipate in advance. That's why you always have an excuse when it comes to blindfolding, even though it does not fit in spite of all efforts: after all, good intentions count as well.
2. Gifts for special colleagues
The second variant is actually the better, because it protects against unpleasant surprises: one the names before before out and then purchases for a specific person a gift. If you know the recipient's environment, you can get inquiries about their preferences, hobbies, favorite travel destinations, or clothing habits and fix them in writing to develop their ideas.
But even this variant has problems: What do you do if you can not stand the colleague or the colleague? In any case, one should resist the temptation to take revenge on a Christmas present - because that can backfell, because one suddenly stands there as a slob.
What really matters when giving
It is much more important to convey to the recipient the feeling that the gift was specially chosen for him. We should never give the impression that it is only a form of the fulfillment of the obligation, which is marked by disinterest or even lovelessness.
It is equally important not to surrender to exaggerated expectations that the recipient will share their own enthusiasm for the gift. It may well happen that is not the case with all honest effort.
The Dont's giving and getting
You should also refrain from allusions: a colleague who is always late should not be given an alarm clock and should not have a mouthwash for someone who has bad breath. Completely reproached are also sexual allusions, above all from Chef to female subordinates
But also the recipient should contribute his part to the success of the Wichtelparty: his possible disappointment should conceal as much as possible. For the Schenker is glad when he can determine that his gift is important. And duty is in any case a word of thanks. It is tasteless, however, to inquire about the price of the gift or to name it.
8 tips for the next gnome party
Help, the Christmas party is already the day after tomorrow - and with it the gnome party. But what gives you now to the colleague X or the colleague Y? And what better not? 10 quick killer rules in gift selection.
- No innuendo A gift in a professional environment may not be so personal that it alludes to a weakness or secret preference.
- Choose a neutral gift A voucher for a book or restaurant visit or a ticket for cinema - everyone can choose what he likes.
- Be careful with edibles! Even if the Christmas time chocolate and cookies seem ideal as a gift: not everyone likes them and not everyone is allowed to eat them.
- No sexual connotations Avoid any kind of sexual connotations - such as men giving women, ambiguous garments. This is interpreted as sexual harassment.
- Not too personal Avoid too personal gifts such as perfume - even if they are otherwise a classic under the Christmas tree.
- Gadgets Especially suitable for men are technical trifles, such as a USB stick, which can usually be used well for work.
- Do not call the price Make sure that the price is no longer present on the goods and give it away under any circumstances. You could embarrass yourself and the recipient!
- No less is more, but small is more Oversized gifts and packaging should be avoided. If you have to transport your present to work or home, you should choose something handy.
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