Need to track down a Secret Santa idea by Friday?! Worried about surviving the rest of your work festivities? This is the post for you!
For all their frivolity, work Christmas festivities can present some interesting challenges. Especially if you’re new to the team, or haven’t had the chance to get to know all of your colleagues.
Let’s start with Secret Santa…
What can you find that your colleague will actually want to receive? We’re interested to see how many of last year’s top 10 Secret Santa gifts feature in this 2018 guide. There are 40 ideas in the latter, so you shouldn’t be stuck for long!
Of course, it’s sensible to undertake an extra spot of due diligence before you make your final purchase. The top two most-wanted gifts of alcohol and chocolates could fall sorely flat if given to a non-drinker or someone with specific dietary needs.
Gift cards (which happened to top last year’s list) may be a safer choice if you’re unable to find someone who knows the recipient better than you do. In this case, it’s wise to pick a card from a store that sells a variety of items.
Stick to the upper limit so as to keep things fair. The budget-conscious can naturally get a bit savvy with their Secret Santa search! Sweets, books and socks can all be kind to the wallet if you shop around.
What not to buy your Secret Santa:
Shoppers beware! What strikes you as an amusing or gently teasing choice could fast land you in hot water. What’s more, any HR repercussions could directly affect your employer.
Steer clear of all inappropriate, and possibly offensive, gifts including toothbrushes, deodorants and sanitary products, anything of a sexual nature (stag/hen night type fare included!) and personal garments such as pants.
Now for the office party…
Each year we see multiple warnings regarding work Christmas parties. Have you heard that 9% of British people have actually been fired or disciplined as a result of their party behaviour? The primary causes include:
- Saying something ‘inappropriate’ to or about a colleague…or boss!
- Physical or verbal fights.
- Doing drugs.
- Getting intimate with colleagues.
- General inappropriate actions, including nudity or lewd language.
Hopefully, you already know better than to get involved with any of the above!
Don’t feel bad if you don’t always enjoy your work Christmas parties…
29% of people agree. This is mostly due to the interpersonal elements, including:
- Feeling intimidated by the social aspects.
- Cliquey colleagues.
- Feeling forced together.
While it’s hard to avoid this entirely, The Guardian published a party survival piece for introverts.
For all bosses reading this, smaller team activities are preferred by almost 1/4 of employees. Something to consider when planning 2019’s celebrations; try to find out what works for as many of your team as you can. Finally, if you’re a manager or employer struggling to choose your team Christmas gifts, this post is for you!