If I Was Running A Company…Gift Cards

If you being reading my blog for a long time, you know I oppose giving gift cards to anyone.  Over the few years, I have kind of soften my stance.   The only time you allow to gift cards is if you’re a boss of over 50 employees.  Other than that, BE THOUGHTFUL!

Here are gift cards really are: plastic money from any specific or general sector. 
Here’s what organizations should do with the dollar amount in those gift cards: donate money to the employee’s charity of choice or give them money as a small bonus. 

For employees who want to give something for the holidays, have the instincts and feel of what the employee wants.  If you got nothing from the employee, just Google your employee’s name.  It will prop up the many different profiles of your employees if they existed.  Now, I know what you’re thinking: is this an invasion of privacy?  Yes, but I will counter why did you create your profile and did you check your privacy settings?  In most cases, they won’t notice, but if they ask, just say you’re a psychic.

Anyway, try to get your employee’s information of their favorites and hobbies.  Accumulate from various profiles and find your gift for each employee.

There are guidelines of buying a gift to your employee:

  1. The maximum budget for a gift should be $25. Anything over will show favoritism to an employee to your co-workers.
  2. The more thought toward the gift, the better.

If you are really inexpensive, there are many ways to show it without spending money:

  • Photoshop into a  picture
  • Send a story or poem
  • Video of yourself or something else.
  • Holiday Mixtape

Simply put, what employees want for the holidays is a token of appreciation for the past year and how you genuinely show it.  That’s what the holidays should be about…

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in addition, employees want their holiday bonuses, but I’ll leave that to you. 🙂

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