We do a lot of our team building workshops as part of team off-sites that clients organize. During the planning of such programs, one of the common questions that we get from organizers is to suggest gifts to give to the team during the offsite. This is trickier than it sounds! I remember talking to a participant during a workshop in Goa, where they had been presented yet again with a Hawaiian shirt! This is what he had to say – “I am not sure why we get these every time we do an offsite. This is the 3rd offsite we are doing in Goa in the past 5-6 years I have been with the company and every year we get the stereotyped Hawaiian Shirt! It has become a joke within the team. The people who organize these meets seem to have absolutely no clue about what we would really like or they don’t spend any time thinking what to give!”
This struck a chord for me as well – giving a gift at a corporate offsite is a good opportunity for a team leader/company to make it one more reason to have fond memories of the overall experience. Yet if we do not apply thought to the whole process, it might actually do more harm than good, the Hawaiian Shirt being the case in point. Here are 4 themes/gifts that you could try out at your next offsite.
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What are some gifting ideas that have worked for you? Do join the conversation.