There are pros and cons to sending holiday cards to your colleagues, because not everyone celebrates Christmas, and there is always someone you may unintentionally offend. However, I feel there are more pros than cons. Everyone likes to be acknowledged, and the holidays are all about giving and good will. They are a time for Christianity and for being kind to your fellow man. The office should not be an exception.
First, sending holiday cards to colleagues promotes unity during a very hectic time of year. It brings the office together, and hopefully increases productivity.
Second, it’s a nice thing to do. As long as cards are kept generic, no one will be offended.
Third, it lifts colleague morale.
Fourth, it lets employees and colleagues know they are appreciated.
Finally, it creates a festive atmosphere, and a better work environment.
Managers should always send out holiday cards to their employees. It let’s their staff know that they are being thought of during the holiday season. Messages should be simple. I have always sent my staff nontraditional cards that simply say “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings” and they are always signed by hand. I let them know they are appreciated with a personalized message.
It is always positive for staff to send cards to each other. Make sure everyone is given a card, and no one is forgotten. Perhaps, set a day aside that everyone who wants to participate in a card exchange can do so. This is also a great way to boost office morale, and set the negatives aside. Always sign your cards, and keep holiday wishes brief.
Managers should always be acknowledged by their staff/colleagues. One person should be in charge of having all staff sign the card for their team leader. Keep messages upbeat, by saying “Wishing you a Happy Holiday” or “Here’s to a Wonderful New Year.” It lets your manager know that you appreciate all their hard work throughout the year.
As far as the negatives, not everyone celebrates Christmas. But, if you keep cards to colleagues non-tradional and simple, there should be no worries, because no one should be offended. The holidays are a time for giving.