HR Tip: Gifts employees hate

A new survey of more than 1,000 employees by Snappy, the New York City-based employee engagement company, found that more than eight in ten U.S. employees have received a workplace gift-mostly from managers-that they didn’t want.

Here are some of their findings:

  • Think again if you plan to give a gift card. They’re considered transactional and impersonal and put a price tag on the employee’s value. It’s even worse if it’s to a store they don’t frequent.
  • Three in four workers would prefer to get a gift without their company logo on it. The gift is more about the company than the employee and they resent being walking billboards.
  • Pins and plaques are definitely a no-no.
  • Nine in ten workers who get a gift they don’t like will tell you they like it.
  • Some of the “best” gifts employers gave them included an espresso machine, a trip to Paris, an iPad and a television.
  • The gifts people are hoping to receive the most this year are a tech gadget (34%), a cool experience (28%), food/drink (25%), and apparel (13%).

To make gift giving effective, Snappy’s advice is:

  • Make it personal.
  • Make it meaningful.
  • Have fun and be creative. Don’t do the same boring thing year in and year out.

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