Appreciation During the Holidays - A "No Win" Situation?


The holiday season brings with it a lot of expectations within our culture. One historical expectation for many is that employers should communicate their employee appreciation in some way- either tangibly through a gift, stopping by to say ‘thanks’, or via a staff party. Challenges arise from these expectations. On the one hand, if nothing is done, the employer (or manager) is seen as being heartless and uncaring. If only a card is given (possibly with a small gift card), the employer could be viewed as stingy by only giving a token gift. But giving every employee a substantial gift may not be financially feasible or even practical. So what are employers and managers to do?

Employee Appreciation Do’s and Don’ts Webinar

Join expert Dr. Paul White as he shares some practical suggestions for “do’s” and “don’ts” for showing employee appreciation during the holidays, and some ways to make whatever you choose to do be received more positively.

Participants Will Learn

  • Understand the importance of expectations (and the historical context which creates them regarding gifts and appreciation in the workplace around the holidays.)
  • Avoid well-known mistakes that employers commonly make when trying to communicate appreciation to their staff.
  • Utilize foundational guiding principles to make decisions regarding holiday gifts and parties that will help the actions and events be received more positively.

Who Should Attend

  • Managers and leaders
  • Human resources professionals
  • Trainers
  • Organizational development professionals


Dr. Paul White is a psychologist, author, speaker, and consultant who makes work relationships work. He has written articles for and been interviewed by Bloomberg’s Business Week, CNN/,, Fast Company,, Huffington Post LIVE, U.S. News and World Report, and Yahoo! Finance. Dr. White is the co-author of the book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, written with Dr. Gary Chapman (author of the #1 NY Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages).

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