December 17, 2009
The Lowdown on Coworker Gifts 2009: Hope Your Secret Santa Is a She
The Phoenix Business Journal reports on an OfficeTeam survey that found women are more likely to give out gifts in the workplace and that more workers are expecting to give than to receive gifts.
Here's how the data breaks down -- of those surveyed:
· 41% of men intend to give coworker gifts
· 58% of women intend to give coworker gifts
· 50% of workers age 18 to 34 plan to give gifts to their managers
· 62% of workers age 18 to 34 plan to give their coworkers gifts
So if you like presents -- and who doesn't? -- your best bet is to work with a woman between the ages of 18 and 34. Just hope that that gift isn't one of these odd items, featured in the Denver Business Journal's coverage of a survey from The Creative Group:
• A can of tuna
• A voodoo doll of the boss
• A fully stocked 125-pound aquarium
• Orange hair extensions.
Personally, I always appreciate the gifts from coworkers that I can use at work, like cool pushpins, desk toys or the book on office yoga I once received. So before shopping the canned food aisles for coworker gift ideas, check out these coworker gift-giving dos and don'ts.
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Speaking for myself -- as if I could speak for any other -- I am happy my co-workers don't exchange gifts. I always buy whatever I need, so I prefer never to get gifts, even from family, and especially from co-workers.
Posted by: Charlie PA Tpk | Dec 17, 2009 2:22:08 PM
I like it when everyone chooses a name, and a theme is selected with prizes to be drawn for the best, largest, smallest prize ... One year we all had to have a blue gift. This is a lot of fun!
Posted by: Louanne | Jan 17, 2010 8:44:33 AM
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