Secret Santa Is Stressful Enough For Some Wishing It End In The Workplace

December 3, 2019

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Secret Santa, which is the practice of drawing names via a hat or an app and purchasing a gift for that person under anonymity until the gift is revealed, sometimes with rules about a dollar value maximum, has become a common tradition at home and in workplaces around the holidays. It’s intended to be a fun idea to cope with sizable gift pools when buying for everyone is impractical. But it appears to be a major stress-maker for younger workers. Data reviewed from 4,000 workers, including those aged 23 to 38, and found 78% of the younger workers believed they spent more than they were comfortable with in an effort to not appear stingy. This was true for Secret Santa and other office celebrations, like birthdays. Roughly a quarter of respondents also reported having to tap into other financial resources, like savings, in order to afford a gift. Even with value limit, one-fifth of participants said they’d be happy to see Secret Santa banned from the workplace! It's not that Millennials are Grinches. Perhaps it's how we respond to the gift. Roughly 17% polled said that someone in their office had commented on the dollar value of their gift, which can lead the gift-giver in an awkward position. Sometimes workers use the event as an excuse to hand over joke gifts that may not stick the landing owing to poor taste. The best Secret Santa protocol is to abide by a dollar amount. Although boring, a gift card is virtually critic-proof.  Try to use the practice as the relationship-building exercise employers intend for it to be, as it’s probably not going anywhere. Despite the negative issues mentioned, 61% of the 4,000 respondents think Secret Santa good for morale.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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