Employee Appreciation at it's BestWritten by Bob Bassett
For that special client or that special secretary, a corporate gift basket is a great way to make someone feel important. From making a good first impression, to thanking a client and letting them know that their business matters, to rewarding your employees for a job well done, gift giving is important in corporate world.
Corporate gift giving can be tricky, with some customers or business associates having policies limiting monetary value of what they may accept, personal preference, and even allergies playing a part in choosing perfect corporate gift basket. The easiest way to find out what is an acceptable gift and within company policy is to call your customer.s company and ask to speak to their human resources department. They can provide you with acceptable gift-giving guidelines for their company. Smaller companies may have less strict guidelines or you may be able to give a gift to whole office, rather than one individual. Choosing a corporate gift basket tailored to your customer shows that you pay attention to detail.
Giving gifts to your employees, while not required, makes them feel appreciated. Corporate gift baskets are a great option, since you can tailor each gift to individual employee. The personal touch is important, letting your employees know that you pay attention to them. Corporate gift baskets are a great way to reward a special job well done or celebrate Secretary's Day. For an extra touch, throw in a gift card to an employee's favorite store.
Communicating Across Time HorizonsWritten by Robert F. Abbott
There was a time in my life when I sold life insurance. Well, to be frank, I tried to sell life insurance. With little success.
And while I didn't sell any insurance, I did learn a thing or two, and I'd like to explore one of them with you today - time horizons.
Some of prospective policyholders I met could visualize themselves well into future, say 20 or 30 years into future. They were obviously good prospects for life insurance. Others focused more on coming year or few years. To them, something that might or might not happen 20 years ahead was a pure abstraction with little relevance.
Now, let's put these perspectives into a communication context: When you send or receive messages, do you factor in time horizon of person who sent you a message or gets one from you?
Let's consider an example that's similar to my experience. Say you're trying to sell mutual funds to a new investor. You enthusiastically point out possibility of getting rich by saving every month for perhaps 25 years. But person across desk looks at you with a blank face. Perhaps he's thinking to himself that money could be used to pay down loan on his truck in three years instead of five, and then he could buy a new one much sooner.
Or, consider time horizons that involve communication between managers and people who report to them. Generally speaking, higher you are in a hierarchy, further ahead you're expected to look and anticipate.