So, now that Thanksgiving is upon us, the race to get through the minimal and grossly overcrowded days left in 2013 is officially on. Whether you welcome or abhor the season, let’s review some end-of-year protocol that needs a temporary spotlight.
For our purposes, we’re talking only about gifts for clients, business associates, employees and office formalities. The important thing to remember is to make good choices, not only about what you gift but also about who is included on your list and why.
As planners you should put measured thought into this process and come up with the right combination of what you want to do and what is appropriate or necessary. You might even conclude that in this world of excess, the best way to thank business associates is really just to thank them. Something as simple as taking them out to lunch and having a one-on-one conversation might be the best gift ever.
By all means, if you receive a nice gift make sure to acknowledge it with a short written note or, at the very least, a phone call. If this business contact thought enough of you to buy and deliver a gift, you’d best remember that giving and receiving are part of successful client interactions.
Let’s face it, once we pass Thanksgiving many of us free fall through the next 30 days. End-of-year sales to close, functions to attend and multiple reports to compile are butting heads with turning in next year’s projections.
It’s chaotic and stressful on all fronts, so don’t contribute to the office madness by missing deadlines, calling in sick (unless you really are), avoiding, procrastinating or ignoring tasks that must be done. Respect the team you’re on and do your part to stay on task and keep spirits up whenever and wherever possible.
So, let’s all take a deep breath, light a tall candle, and let peace and protocol reign in the days and weeks ahead.
More thoughts on holiday gift-giving next week. What rules do you follow? Please share your comments in the section below.