Holiday Cards and the Workplace


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Workplace question: Should I send a holiday card to my boss or other members of management? Reference-checking firm Allison & Taylor answers in the affirmative.

It offers reasons why and tips for doing it correctly.

Why a traditional greeting card is a good idea:

  • Connecting with your bosses (or a former boss) will help keep you top-of-mind in their awareness, translating to possible future support or opportunity.
  • Staying in touch with bosses and colleagues via a holiday card is a subtle yet highly effective form of networking.
  • Sending your bosses (also former bosses, colleagues, suppliers, etc.) a card demonstrates a personal touch to accompany your business relationship.
  • Staying in the favor of your prospective employment references (particularly former bosses) is critical to your future employment success.
  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships with your management team, co-workers and former bosses will ultimately be a cornerstone of success in your career.

Sending the right holiday greeting card:

While sending out holiday cards is almost certainly a good idea, even this generous gesture can backfire if the proper protocols aren’t observed. 

  • Choose a high-quality holiday card that allows no possibility of offending its recipient. Remember that not everyone celebrates Christmas – be mindful of religious and cultural nuances.
  • Choose a design that is appropriate for your business associates.
  • Keep your contact list accurate and up-to-date. Make sure you’re not sending a card to someone who has left the department or the company.
  • Check the spelling of your contacts and their corporate name. Any good points you’ll score with a holiday card will be lost if you misspell your contact’s name or corporate information.
  • Include one of your business cards inside the greeting card. This small insertion ensures that your recipients have your most current contact information and will reinforce your name with the card’s recipient.
  • Sign each card personally. It only takes a moment to sign your name and write a short greeting, and your business associates will notice and appreciate this more personal gesture.