A while back, a fellow Personio user asked an interesting question in the round and I would like to re-share it with this community, since it hasn’t been discussed here yet.
I hope this can be useful for those looking for inspiration, so I look forward to the discussion!
Hi there! I would love to start a discussion about 🎅🏼🎁 Christmas gifts for employees
(it's never too early to start 😀).
As Director of People, it’s my task to select Christmas presents that the company will gift to its employees.
So far I've already organized the following gifts: branded hoodies, engraved AirPods, etc.
This year, I am thinking about giving a yearly subscription to an online service where you can read thousands of summarized books, but I am still looking for ideas - how about you?
Now we would love to hear your input!
What is something that you have given to employees, or ideas about what you could give them this year?
Or, to flip it around: what would you, as an employee, be happy to receive?
For the time I’ve spent at Personio, one Christmas we got a super cool leather backpack with the Personio logo, and the other year a pair of Personio socks that we wear with pride 🤓
I look forward to your replies!
Thank you very much 🎄
Your Community Team
This is an awesome thread! I definitly would like to have more ideas about great Christmas gifts.
At this moment we have 30 employees, and what they most appreciate is the personal Christmas cards from the leading staff. I can understand this will get tougher when you have a larger company, but perhaps colleagues can write christmas cards to other colleagues?
Further on we had some great Christmas boxes with local beverages and snacks from the region. And some of our colleagues, in the spirit of sustainability, have donated their Christmas ‘gift’ to planting trees.
@Wendy, great to see you again! 🤩
Thank you for sharing your ideas. I like the “support your local businesses” & sustainable approach, and I’m sure many will appreciate that too.
So basically everybody would get randomly assigned an employee which they write a personal card to? I think that’s quite sweet, and would actually work pretty well in a smallish company where there is a tight culture.
Going kindof off-topic here but this makes me think of “Secret Santa”, or a variation which we call “Schrottwichteln” in German. Apparently it’s called “White elephant gift exchange” in English.
Last year, in our team of 12, everybody was randomly assigned another team member a few weeks in advance and we had to give them a present during our Christmas Party.
But the main rule was: you have to spend less than €5, or an item that is for free or that you already own and want to give away, and: it has to be funny, ironic or kinda useless.
We ended up exchanging some funny 2nd hand books, a clothes steamer, a laser sword… it was just so funny!
But this is more for teambuilding activity, rather than gifts from the company for all their employees.
Some other ideas I heard of:
I look forward to other ideas from Community members!
If you have a minute, write your suggestions down here so can create a huge collection together.
But indeed a great way of getting your colleagues involved in celebrating the Holidays together and some awesome Teambuilding!
Think Differently, Be Sustainable
So - as with many organisations we are seeking to truly take demonstrable actions on our pledges towards Net Zero Carbon.
For those not aware of Scope 1, 2 & 3 here’s a brief explanation from Deloitte
My ‘Call to Action’ CTA on gifts - Think Differently
Think differently about gifting - research repeated shows it is the ‘Recognition’ not the ‘Reward’ that has greatest impact. By that it is Who gives the recognition, What they say (verbally or written), When, Where and How they give that recognition.
Ultimately, of course, it is not what you said or did that people necessarily remember - It is how you made them feel.
If you must give a gift/reward - Be Sustainable
Patagonia will not provided branded goods of its clothing - as it is deemed unsustainable.
If you can avoid shipping it (do so).
Perhaps sponsor an endangered animal, plant a tree - in both cases check the legitimacy.
In a time of digital and the ease of consumerism there is something rather special about a hand-written (yes hand-written) note/letter of thanks.