Office Etiquette: Exchanging Holiday Gifts

Now that Christmas is quickly approaching, people already have or are starting to shop for gifts for their friends and families. When it comes to purchasing gifts for your loved ones, the task may be pretty straightforward, but what about giving gifts in the workplace? Is it even appropriate to give presents to fellow co-workers?

The answer all depends on the culture in your workplace. Some businesses allow the exchange of gifts among fellow workers, while some do not. If your business doesn’t allow the act of giving gifts or strongly oppose it, then don’t break policy. However, if your workplace does allow gift-giving, then here are some tips that you should consider before shopping for your co-workers. Continue reading

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5 Unique Job Perks to Consider for Your Business

Looking to improve the culture in the workplace? Well, one excellent method to improve the work environment is to offer unique perks and benefits to employees. These special benefits can help retain and acquire top employees while improving employee spirit. That’s why so many large corporations like Netflix, Google, and Facebook have established these unique perks. Some of these benefits require a lot of funding, while others are relatively cheap. Either way, here are 5 benefits that business owners should try to utilize.

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Less Money, Less Benefits, And I Love It

A couple of years ago, I once worked for a prestigious company with a well-established reputation for its services. I was given a full-time job with a health salary, full benefits, a 401(k), and 2 weeks of vacation time. It was a job that every fresh-out-of-college student would want to receive right after graduating. Six months later, I left the company.

There were several reasons why I chose to leave, but the biggest reason for my departure was due to its workplace culture. I was constantly surrounded by snobby, negative employees who always seemed to belittle their co-workers. Most employees were constantly criticizing one another for the smallest things, some of which had nothing to do with work. Tensions were so high that at one point, an employee stormed out of his manager’s office yelling, “F**k this place, I don’t deserve to be treated like this!”.

Even though I was admired by friends and family for working at this well-known firm, I knew I couldn’t stay for long. Next thing you know, I gave in my two weeks notice and never turned back.

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