Not only is the holiday season the most wonderful time of the year to show your friends and family how much you love them through the process of gift giving, it’s also the perfect time to show your colleagues how much you appreciate working with them every day. While seeing a smile on the faces of your co-workers after giving them a thoughtful present is very rewarding, it can also easily become very expensive. However, gifting at your office doesn’t have to break the bank, and there are several inexpensive options out there. Here are a few ideas to consider when thinking about what to get your co-workers this season.
“Holiday season” at work typically means decorations in the lobby, office parties, too many holiday cookies and several gift baskets from clients and colleagues. But this season should be so much more than dealing with an overserved coworker at the holiday party or helping yourself to another gingerbread man that Mary from HR made.
Employee Appreciation Day may have been on March 3rd, but we like to color outside of the lines here at AdvantEdge and celebrate our associates when it feels right! It is not every day that a team decides to celebrate and commend one of its own without a push from upper management or the occurrence of a holiday, but the AdvantEdge crew recognizes a star when one is amongst us and we do not hesitate to show appreciation!
Viewing parties, good-natured competition among colleagues, and basketball mania galore highlight life at AdvantEdge Workspaces during March Madness. Like most of the nation, we have dove head first into the "Madness" of March Madness! Surprisingly, only 11% of employers support March Madness in the office, stating that it inhibits productivity. As we celebrate our sixth year of inter-office bracket challenges and social office events, our shared workspace begs to differ!
It’s March, which means two things: NCAA basketball is about to own the airwaves
and you’ve probably already received an invitation to your office’s bracket pool. While some of us look forward to the Madness (s’go Buffs!) and others simply tolerate it, recent studies reveal the quantifiable hit businesses take on when their employees take a time out as opposed to keeping their heads in the game. According to the research, 50 million American workers will participate in an office pool (including the President) and companies stand to lose $1.2 billion as a result of unproductive hours spent researching or watching games. While employees will undoubtedly get caught up in the drama of conference rivalries and underdog upsets, loyalty to one’s alma mater over their company’s bottom line can put businesses in a sticky spot. Avoid a technical foul by adhering to some simple office etiquette in this holy month of March.
Tired of collecting business cards at so-called “networking” events without forming any meaningful relationships? Are dozens of LinkedIn member invitations sitting in cyber limbo because you can’t remember who they are or how you met?