Here’s a fun open thread for today: How has holiday business etiquette changed this year? Some general questions to direct the conversation:
- Are you sending cards to more colleagues — or fewer?
- If you’re doing white elephant gift exchanges, how is that different this year?
- Are you giving a different holiday bonus to your assistant than you normally would? Are you expecting a different bonus this year than normal?
- If your office holiday party is virtual/on Zoom this year, do you have any pet peeves or things you wish people wouldn’t do?
For my $.02, since everyone who works for Corporette is virtual, not much is changing for us. Regarding my husband’s office, there obviously aren’t any in-person holiday parties this year since the majority of people are working virtually. Historically, his boss often arranges for the entire staff to see a Broadway show together, which obviously isn’t happening this year either. His boss has already sent us a nice gift basket, and we may return the favor.
How about you guys — what are your normal holiday traditions at your office or in your group? How are those holiday traditions changing this year — as well as the resulting holiday business etiquette?
Here are some of our older stories on holiday business etiquette, if anyone’s curious for discussions in normal years…
- Should You Bring a Hostess Gift to the Boss’s Party?
- The Boss’s Holiday Party: What to Wear
- How to Take Advantage of a Quiet Office at the Holidays
- Tips and Tricks for Holiday Networking
- Holiday Tipping
- Buying Jewelry for the Women in Your Life
- Holidays, Vacations, and Office Etiquette
- When Your Coworker Pressures You to Give to Charity
- Which Coworkers Get a Holiday Card?
- What to Wear to a Holiday Office Party
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