It’s that time of year again, and you’re trying to figure out what to do about getting a gift for your boss. Maybe you’re considering a present as an expression of genuine affection and/or respect, or maybe you just want to make the best move on a strategic level. So should you get something for your boss or not?
A recent survey by Accountemps makes it clear just how tricky this question is. After questioning 300 managers, there was no clear consensus on whether employees should gift their bosses or vice versa.
So, should you or shouldn’t you?
If you do give a gift, it should be in the $20 to $24 range, according to the HR people Accountemps questioned. But Accountemps’ Bill Driscoll says, "More important than the dollar amount, the focus should be on giving something meaningful to the recipient. The best gifts are thoughtful and demonstrate care for others."
Survey respondents offered these misfires as the worst presents they’ve seen:
Remember, this is supposed to be a season of good cheer, so don’t stress too much about this. Giving is supposed to be fun and feel good for everyone. Last minute ideas? You can always ask a work friend what he or she does. And if you just can’t figure out the right thing to do, maybe a card (again, an appropriate card) can be your best compromise solution.