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Can You Tactfully Turn Down a Cheesy Company Gift & Ask For Cash Instead?

holiday jobsLet’s put it this way: No.

As per a piece in today’s New York Post, a reader celebrates his or her 10th anniversary at work with a plaque and catalogue to select a token gift worth $200.

The reader asks, “Would it be uncool to politely decline ordering anything, or to ask for the money instead?” Read more

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New Survey Reveals Most Unusual Holiday Office Gifts: Toothpaste Squeezer, Anyone?

presentsSurvey says!

Okay, we just felt like channeling our inner Richard Dawson a la Family Feud but when a new survey comes out, we’re always intrigued by its results. The latest one from CareerBuilder is no different; per their national survey conducted from mid-August to early September, workers and hiring managers revealed their holiday gift exchanging habits.

For starters, 45 percent of employers are planning on giving holiday bonuses. This is on track with the percentage of 46 from last year. To that point, 40 percent said they were planning on giving the same amount or larger this month.

As for company gifts, 35 percent of employers stated they’re going to give holiday presents to their employees. Again, this is parallel to last year’s percentage of 36. Read more

New Survey Reveals More Companies Planned to Give Holiday Perks & Gifts This Year

Maybe this is a sign of the improving economy? According to a new CareerBuilder survey, companies planned to offer more perks than last year. And by perks we mean bonuses, parties and gifts.

The study conducted from mid-August through early September encompassed approximately 2,500 hiring managers and HR professionals and almost 4,000 employees across a variety of industries.

As for bonuses, 46 percent of employers anticipated giving employees holiday bonuses which is an uptick from 40 percent in 2011 and even a bigger increase from 2010 which reflected 33 percent.  Read more

How to Tactfully Handle Expensive Gifts From Vendors

Just as your office may become overflowing with cards and edible treats from colleagues and vendors this holiday season, what happens when an expensive gift arrives at your door?

Many companies have policies against accepting such gifts and ¬†even if yours doesn’t have a policy, it would be prudent to return the gift.

In today’s New York Post, Gregory Giangrande, chief HR officer at Time, Inc., points out the best thing to do is to return the present. Read more