Gift giving in the Philippines can be a little tricky because itâ€™s common for Filipinos to grow attached to the people they deal with on a daily basis. The longer a person stays with a company, the more coworkers become like family. Still, itâ€™s always advisable to keep it professional when giving gifts in a corporate setting.Â
Try to get a feel of what people expect before buying gifts.Â Common sense is a must and move away from gifts that may be offensive. The first thing you should consider is the particular culture of your workplace. If youâ€™re new, ask your new colleagues about office policies on gift-giving.
Thatâ€™s why flowers make for a great default present. Not too formal but still quite personal, flowers are universal gifts that business associates will easily appreciate. Plus, thereâ€™s the convenience of having it delivered right to their desks. Here are some occasions and situations when flowers are the way to go.
1.Â Thank You for a Job Well Done
If youâ€™re a boss and you want to give flowers to someone who works under you, like your indispensable assistant, make sure the arrangement wonâ€™t be misconstrued as romantic. No long-stemmed bouquet of red roses. Choose something friendly like yellow or orange flowers.
The success of a colleague is reason for celebration, especially if he/she is one thatâ€™s been a good ally in climbing the corporate ladder. Itâ€™s also a courteous way to honor someone you have a competitive rivalry with. Attach a simple and sincere note stating your best wishes.
3.Â The Bossâ€™s Birthday
This works especially well if your boss is a woman. But make it a tasteful gift, nothing too ostentatious that youâ€™re labeled a suck up after. Also, think of making it a shared gift among the other members of your team.Â
4.Â Valentineâ€™s Day for Your Single Friends
When youâ€™re single, Valentines day becomes a day filled with dread. Every bouquet that arrives is reminder of your lonely state. Overcome the glum by buying your other single friends a single rose. Theyâ€™ll totally feel the love and youâ€™ll feel the love giving it.Â This is the biggest flower giving event in the Philippines so the more the merrier!
5.Â A Milestone Moment
Thereâ€™s nothing like the scent of flowers to mark a colleagueâ€™s 20th year in the business or even his 50th birthday. In the Philippines where showing your affections is so important, having flowers on his/her table for a week will extend the happy festive atmosphere.
6.Â A Sick Officemate
A sick colleague, who has been in the hospital for a more than a month, will appreciate receiving flowers. It shows that his/her company is missed at the office and that your thoughts are with him/her in this difficult period. An added bonus is that if youâ€™re not one to visit hospitals, you can get it delivered to her room.Â
7.Â When a Colleague Loses a Loved One
The Philippines is filled with traditions for the loss of a loved one.Â Give your condolences as soon as possible. If you are close, consider attending the wake or the funeral service. It will provide unbelievable comforting to those in mourning. A funeral wreath or bouquet will brighten up the gloomy atmosphere of a wake.
8.Â Client Greetings
Send flowers to your best clients. Pair the flowers with a small item like tickets to a play or a ballet. However, do check whether your clients have rules on receiving gifts to save you the trouble. Sending a birthday greeting or flowers on other special occasions is the perfect way to show clients that you want to foster a relationship with them without trying too hard.
You can buy flowers and gifts for your colleagues without leaving your work space by purchasing online. You may check www.islandrose.net and see how high-quality roses may cheer up your coworkers. Order at Island Rose – Philippine Flowers and Gifts.