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Do you give holiday presents to those people at work who help you, such as clerical staff?

Asked by jca (35989points) November 4th, 2010

Where I work, I am friends with some of the clerical staff, who also help me as part of their job. I am wondering whether or not to give them holiday presents as a thank you. Do you give the people at work who help you holiday presents, for example clerical staff, as a way of saying thanks?

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lillycoyote's avatar

It’s a nice thing to do and that was generally the practice where I worked. They might also be getting you something and I think, just in terms of office politics and protocols, it will be better if you get them each a little something and they give you nothing than if they get you something and you have nothing for them.

I also kept a small stash of “generic” Christmas presents, like nice Christmas tree ornaments boxed and wrapped, in my desk drawer, in case someone I hadn’t thought to get a gift for gave me one.

Edit: If you’re new there you might want to ask someone in HR what the gift giving policies and protocols are.

Brian1946's avatar

I don’t work anymore, but I give the lady who cleans my house a holiday bonus.
Now that you’ve mentioned this, I’ll try to remember to give one to the yard maintenance dude.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I help out the clerical staff where I work. Seriously.

AmWiser's avatar

If you are into giving during the holiday season, you should thank those who have been helpful to you during the year.

YARNLADY's avatar

We give holiday gifts to the trash collectors, the mail delivery person, the pool cleaner and any other workers who happen to be doing work during the holiday season.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

At work, we create a 1-gift party with a monetary limit. Sometimes, we draw names beforehand, or we opt for just picking a gift from a pile. Personally, I don’t like to give a gift to those that support me just because it is a holiday. I give them throughout the year as a thank-you for their efforts. Also, if I attend a conference where gifts are given out, I take them back to the office and give them to the administrative staff.

downtide's avatar

Our office does a “Secret Santa” at Christmas, with a price limit, and managers generally get small gifts for their team, but it’s not really the done thing to buy gifts for anyone else. Cards are appreciated though.

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