That time of year has come around once again! No matter who you are, whether you love it or hate it, there really is no escaping Christmas – even in the workplace. If you are thinking of running a ‘Secret Santa’ as part of your company’s Christmas festivities, we have put together a guide to help you ensure success.
Make it optional
It is important to make taking part in your Secret Santa optional. Not everybody celebrates Christmas and may be hesitant to voice this for fear of being called ‘Scrooge’ or worse. There are many reasons for not choosing to join in with Christmas celebrations – including religious or personal reasons. A good way around this is to send an email ‘opt in’ to allow people to make a choice anonymously.
There is no fun in a disorganised Secret Santa where somebody ends up without a gift. The process can be made effortless by using an online tool such as www.secretsantaorganizer.com. Be clear on the time, date, location and the budget.
It may feel like laying down the law is going to ruin the festive spirit. However it is essential that a budget is set to keep it fair for everyone. There is nothing worse than receiving a cheap and thoughtless gift, when you have forked out precious time, brain power and money on a gift for somebody else. This is not only embarrassing for those who have gifted too cheap but for those that have over gifted and now look like a show off! Keep it simple by setting a budget of no more than £5 or £10.
The right kind of gift
Don’t give anything inappropriate! So not gifts which could easily offend or be insulting. Think of the person you are giving to which may involve some investigation, so don’t leave it to the last minute.
The alternative approach
An alternative to a traditional Secret Santa could be that the company supplies and pays for all the gifts. This could be in voucher form as a ‘thank you’ for another year of hard work for example. Other options include:
However you choose to approach your Secret Santa, we hope that you enjoy your inclusive and brilliantly organised present giving this year! If you require any extra help or guidance, get in touch with our Secret Santa experts on 01736 339384 or email HelloThere@sapiencehr.co.uk.