Whether you are looking for a job or currently employed, it is important to recognize that the Holiday season provides an opportunity to make a thoughtful impression on those around you. In fact, it's always important to recognize any opportunity to go the extra mile. We're all so busy and engrossed in our own work and family life - when someone takes an extra five minutes to say that we matter, we never forget. Which brings us back to Holiday gifts and etiquette in the workplace.
Here are a few tips below:
1) Identify the list of people who have helped you or may be able to help you in the future. Handwrite a short, upbeat note wishing them well during the Holidays.
**Always keep a book of stamps in your desk so that the thought of having to stand in line at the Post Office doesn't deter you from buckling down and writing your cards - that way, you can just do it already!
2) If you are thinking of giving small gifts to your co-workers or clients (gifts to your boss are probably not the best idea), figure out what is important to them. Family? Pets? Traveling? Food? A friend of mine works in Major League Soccer and was tasked with buying a gift for a very successful athlete. What do you get someone who has it all? She settled on a couple of low-dollar toys from Target for his toddler daughter. The gift didn't cost much, but it made a huge impact because it centered around the most priceless part of his life - his family. He talked about it for days!
3) Shhhhh - if you give a gift or do something thoughtful for a co-worker, there's no need to make a big deal out of it. The person who receives your gift will know you're thinking about them, and that's all that matters. So keep it quiet!
How do you go the extra mile to make an impact with co-workers and clients during the Holidays?