Here’s a funny for your Friday. A recent survey by Lands’ End Business Outfitters uncovered some of the worst gifts received in the workplace. I hope these were gag gifts for a white elephant gift exchange, but who knows.
From business partners: a juicer with 50 pounds of carrots, a bendable Ben Franklin figure, a lint brush, a toilet plunger decorated in Christmas items, a 1-foot long fat pencil, a pair of thermal underwear, battery powered back scratcher, pickled cabbage, pork rinds, toothpick with magnifier and blinking reusable ice cubes.
From bosses: a 4-foot stuffed plush panther, a book on how to manage employees, snowflake sunglasses, a paperweight, medical scrubs in a dark evergreen color, a clock made from a tool, venison sausage to a vegetarian, a fake flower arrangement, dice, homemade meatloaf, a 12 lb. frozen turkey with price tag indicating it was $0.13 per pound, leg warmers, lingerie, potholders and wrapping paper.
So what do employees actually want? Of respondents, 27% said gift cards, 25% said clothes, 22% said food, 17% said a holiday cash bonus, 13% said padfolios/writing instruments and another 13% said drinkware. No surprises there. What’s the worst gift from a boss you’ve ever received?