What Your Coworkers Really Think About Your Gift
Thinking of getting a gift for your coworker for the holidays? If you’ve made your list, you better check it twice.
We’re all wired differently. So naturally, your perception of things isn’t going to be the same as the person next to you. And that thingamajig that you’re planning to gift to your coworker may bite you in the rear.
Whether you’re a manager looking to spread employee recognition or a coworker looking to praise a colleague, you should put some careful thought into the implications of your gift.
1. Bath set
What you think: This gardenia soap smells exquisite!
What your coworkers think: Do I smell bad?
2. Fat-free chocolates
What you think: These chocolates are so delicious; Bob will devour them!
What your coworker thinks: Is Sara trying to tell me I need to lose weight?
3. Oversize sweater
What you think: This is exactly her style!
What your coworker thinks: This is way too big. Does she think I’m this big?
4. Desk organizer
What you think: This has saved my life, and I’m sure it’ll save his too.
What your coworker thinks: Is my desk really that messy?
What you think: These taste so good!
What your coworker thinks: Well, crap — does my breath smell bad?
We’re sure whatever you give your coworker, they’ll appreciate the gesture. Just make sure it’s not one of the items listed above!