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Balancing Act: Gift-Giving at Work Can be Awkward All Around

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By Cindy Krischer Goodman

Workplace Gift-Giving Tips:


—Give everyone the same level of gift within your budget.
—Write a handwritten thank-you note if you receive a gift from the boss.
—Consider a group gift from the team for the boss.
—Choose a gift related to someone’s hobby (gift cards are acceptable).
—Exchange gifts with a specific co-worker/friend outside the office.
—Stay away from giving alcohol (some policies forbid it).


—Feel like you’re expected to reciprocate gift-giving.
—Give a gift to a co-worker on a tight budget.
—Give a gift too personal (nose-hair trimmer, flowers, lingerie).
—Give a gift that involves self-improvement (weight loss, makeovers, etc.).
—Re-gift an item from anyone in your office to another co-worker.


SOURCE: Elena Brouwer, director of the International Etiquette Centre in Hollywood, Fla.

Cindy Krischer Goodman is CEO of BalanceGal LLC, a provider of news and advice on how to balance work and life.

©2013 The Miami Herald
Distributed by MCT Information Services


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