Present Politics: Most Employees Neglect Gifts for Bosses

December 19, 20184min

Employees could be missing out on opportunities to strengthen office relationships, as new research has revealed how most workers don’t present their boss with a token gift at the end of the year.

A study of 1,000 UK workers published in the Most Generous Time of the Year Study by UK Customer Experience Award winners Perkbox, the UK’s fastest growing employee benefits platform, revealed that 90 percent of employees don’t gift their boss a present during the Christmas season.

This is in contrast to 70 percent of generous bosses who purchase a gift for their workforce at Christmas. Only a small few (11 percent) confessed they do it to benefit themselves at work, make their boss think favourably of them and improve their relationship with their boss, suggesting many could be missing a trick.

More than one-in-five (21 percent) workers said they present a gift to their manager simply just to be nice. Of those who give a token gift to their boss, this is a considerable amount as employees spend £15 on average.

Chieu Cao, CMO & Co-Founder at Perkbox, said: “With Christmas being the season of goodwill, it is a long-served tradition for employers to offer a token gift to their employees to thank them for their efforts throughout the past year. But what is surprising from our research is how many employees don’t return the favour.

“However, this can present a challenge as every workplace culture is different, so it can be difficult to determine what gift etiquette is appropriate. In light of this, employees should get a feel for protocol when it comes to gift giving to their boss in their workplace at Christmas. If an employee doesn’t feel comfortable buying a present for their boss by themselves, then why not club together with the rest of the workforce to buy a group present? It simply requires one person to get the gift organised and by purchasing it together you will be able to spend a little more and can choose from a range of options.”


Paul Ainsworth

Paul Ainsworth

Experienced Irish journalist and former newspaper editor now helming executive editorial duties with Customer Experience Magazine, the UK's premier online source for Customer Experience news, features, and opinion, along with its sister site, CXM World.




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