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    Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    To those of you who have employees reporting to you - do you personally buy your employees Christmas gifts (not using company money)? If so, how much do you spend per employee?

    I started in a new position last year where a precedent had been set that the boss (me) gets everyone a gift for Christmas. I don't mind doing it because I think it's a good motivator for them, but I end up spending several hundred dollars each year ($50 per employee) now on Christmas gifts which is more than I was used to in previous positions.

    I'm just curious what others do.



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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    We stopped doing that and instead donate about $10/employee to a family in need. Employees don't really need anything and this way it helps out someone who has real needs.


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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    Nope..............they are lucky i don't fire those ungrateful brats.



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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    I worked for the Gov't so it wasn't really allowed ("gift-giving"). However I took the guys (engineering office - all men) out to lunch on alternate days wherever they wanted to go. Civils one day, EE's another, ME's another, Arch's and Techs another. Probably averaged about $15-20 a pop. They (and I) really appreciated the chance to get out of the office for a decent period of time during the holidays.


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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    Jelly of the Month club.

    or make a donation in their name to the Human Fund.



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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    Quote Originally Posted by mtowncyclone13 View Post
    We stopped doing that and instead donate about $10/employee to a family in need. Employees don't really need anything and this way it helps out someone who has real needs.
    We did that too once and found that the family we were told certainly was in need but only to discover their name was out there for a lot of other people to lend a hand as well. They were featured in the paper of the gifts they all had received and needless to say ours weren't in there. Oh well...............



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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    My Boss is taking us out for lunch today, that is enough of a gift in my opinion.



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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    Everyone in my office was just given one of these... Not by me, by my boss.

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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUME View Post
    My Boss is taking us out for lunch today, that is enough of a gift in my opinion.
    That's what we do too, I think it's a great idea and not expensive.



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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    Quote Originally Posted by SerenityNow View Post
    Jelly of the Month club.

    or make a donation in their name to the Human Fund.
    What? No pool? Heartless bastard...



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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    The bosses in my office bring in copious amounts of food for the office. All week we have feasted on soups, dips, cookies, etc. That is enough in my opinion.


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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    Rule 1 of being a supervisor) Only give presents to those you are having an affair with. It keeps the office balanced and establishes a hierarchy.



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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    I made a deal with my admin assistant. I give her a Christmas gift ($100 cash) and that is the only gift for the year. No admin assistant's day gift, no birthday gift, etc. In return, she agrees to not buy me anything at all for the entire year.

    I hate gifts in the workplace and she likes this arrangement so it works well.


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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    My boss takes a holiday vacation; enough of a gift for me.



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    Re: Bosses Giving Christmas Gifts

    I do. I know a lot don't though. I usually write a nice note to each individually and either get gifts or gift cards in the $40 range. I used to do $50 when I had 5 direct report, no kids so more discretionary income, but now I have 13 and 3 kids, so got kind of pricy but had started a precident so feel obligated. I think the note is more appreciated than the gift. If I could do it over I would just do nice notes and a little more modest gift.



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