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'Tis the Season to be Jolly (at Work)

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Tips for surviving December in the office from specialized staffing firm Robert Half.

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'Tis the Season to be Jolly (at Work)

  1. 1. © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. ’Tis the Season to be Jolly (at Work) Tips for surviving December in the office roberthalf.com
  2. 2. © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. We asked: What is the most inappropriate gift you’ve seen or heard of a professional being given in an office setting? Responses included: • Frozen pork • A manager who gave a framed picture of himself • Expensive jewelry • A wig • Lingerie • A dozen roses 2 Source: Accountemps survey of more than 300 human resources managers in the United States.
  3. 3. © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Robert Half recommends … Leave the inappropriate gifts at home. • Use the PG-rating as the boundary for what to buy, leaning more toward “G.” Gift cards (for coffee, the movie theaters, restaurants and various stores) are acceptable and often appreciated. • The majority of HR managers don’t think employees should spend more than $20 on a gift for their manager, and a similar amount goes for managers buying employee gifts too. 3
  4. 4. © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. We asked: What is the strangest item you’ve ever seen exchanged at an office white elephant gift party? Responses included: • A leg lamp • Pigs’ feet • A roll of toilet paper • A bobblehead of the boss • A water gun that shoots marshmallows 4 Source: The Creative Group survey of 400 marketing and advertising executives in the United States.
  5. 5. © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Robert Half recommends … Understand the office culture. • Every company or department is different. If you’re relatively new to the organization, it can be difficult to figure out who exchanges gifts — and what types of gifts are appropriate. Ask a trusted colleague or your manager what is the norm. • Gifts should show an understanding of the recipient, and are often appreciated when they relate to the person’s hobbies and interests. 5
  6. 6. © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. We asked: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve seen or heard about a manager doing at a company holiday party? Responses included: • Inappropriate singing and dancing • Packing the leftover food to take home • Opening someone else’s gift • Telling bad jokes • Performing the chicken dance 6 Source: Robert Half survey of more than 2,000 CFOs in the United States.
  7. 7. © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Robert Half recommends … Keep it classy. • Remember to always present your best self on and off the dance floor. • Managers: Keep in mind you’re setting the tone for your team and the company. If you need to hold back, hold back. 7
  8. 8. © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. In addition to holiday parties, we looked at employees’ holiday shopping habits: • 49% of employees say they typically shop on Cyber Monday. • And, 36% of North American workers have admitted to taking a day off of work to shop for the holidays. 8 Source: Robert Half Technology survey of more than 1,400 workers in North America.
  9. 9. © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Source: Robert Half Technology survey of more than 1,400 workers in North America and a survey of over 1,400 CIOs in North America Shopping Habits and Corporate Policies 9 • 65% of CIOs in North America allow access to online shopping sites, of them 43% say they monitor for excessive use. • Yet, regardless of their company policy about shopping, 65% of North American workers will minimize their screens if their boss comes over to their desk while shopping online.
  10. 10. © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Robert Half recommends … Shop at your own risk. • Become familiar with your company’s web policy. Many companies provide guidelines. • If the policy is unclear, play it safe and save your shopping for before or after work or during your breaks. 10
  11. 11. © 2016 Robert Half International Inc. An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veterans. All rights reserved. Happy Holidays from Robert Half! Visit The Robert Half Blog for more career and hiring advice. roberthalf.com/blog roberthalf.com

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