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My boss gave to all team a Christmas present. Should I buy him a present back? How it works in Switzerland?
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Old 24.11.2022, 11:05
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Re: Christmas present

I don't think it would be expected and it all depends on your relationship with your boss. If you are all friendly and it's a small team then a reciprocated gift might be appropriate, or maybe just an Xmas card with a thoughtful message. If you think it's a sneaky move to avoid paying a bonus then a simple "thank you" would suffice.
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Old 24.11.2022, 12:25
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My boss gave to all team a Christmas present. Should I buy him a present back? How it works in Switzerland?
There is no tradition. In over three decades of working here for about seven different companies I never heard of a boss personally giving presents at Christmas.

Some companies do give small gifts etc., but not individuals. Best ask your colleagues what they intend to do.
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Old 24.11.2022, 12:44
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There is no tradition. In over three decades of working here for about seven different companies I never heard of a boss personally giving presents at Christmas.

Some companies do give small gifts etc., but not individuals. Best ask your colleagues what they intend to do.
Agree - it‘s certainly not a traditional thing (and rather early?). I have only experienced it once, when an external German project manager (or his wife) created some nice little home-made jars of something (can‘t remember what) and gave it to his nearest team members.
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Re: Christmas present

I think it's usually that the boss gives presents to employees but not the other way around. If you still feel unsure, though, and do want to reciprocate with something, maybe you could just bring in a box of Christmas treats sometime to share with everyone.
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Old 24.11.2022, 18:37
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Re: Christmas present

I give personal gifts and don't expect them back. For my bosses I just give them a card and if I like them a lot I might buy them a bottle of wine or special food when I travel throughout the year. I don't think they expect something back, goes with the managerial role to give a present.
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Old 24.11.2022, 18:46
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My boss gave to all team a Christmas present. Should I buy him a present back? How it works in Switzerland?
I'd ask him why he felt the need to do it in November?

Perhaps it's to give you all plenty of time to buy him something in return!

Personally I wouldn't. That just seems a bit creepy.
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Re: Christmas present

What is tradition in all the Swiss companies I have worked for however, is a gift for all - to celebrate the arrival of St. Nicholas on 6th December.

Sometimes they might look like this - ‚Samiclaus Säckli‘ (or even a much better, bigger one) left on each employees desk in the less cost cutting years of my previous company:

https://www.spruengli.ch/en/shop/st-...reen-668g.html


Or, as in more recent years, there might just be a huge and half stale‚ ‚Grittibänz‘ left out in the general coffee area for everyone to stick their grubby fingers into, with a few monkey nuts:

https://www.spruengli.ch/en/shop/st-...enz-1150g.html


Here a general link to those festivities:

https://www.expatica.com/ch/lifestyl...mutzli-101536/

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Re: Christmas present

In some companies in some countries this has been forbidden because of perceived corruption but this is Switzerland where anything goes. If you believe that the boss personally went out of his/her way to buy a small token then a small gift in return wouldn't be out of order but I'd suggest something like a very small box of christmas chocolates.
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Re: Christmas present

If you feel like it then yes, if you don't then no !


You really should feel obliged to give a gift if you don't want to, the meaning is already lost in the stratosphere anyway !
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Re: Christmas present

I typically give chocolates to my direct reports with a card and a year end message.

It’s a small cost and a gesture of thanks for their contribution during the year.

For bosses, it depends on whether I respect them. My last one was great. A super smart and pragmatic Swiss. I know he likes the RAF and WWII history. My daughter found a book on Spitifires, which cost 5 bucks. He was delighted.

My boss before was ‘challenging’ and that Christmas I spent my money elsewhere.
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Re: Christmas present

I used to give boxes of chocolate to the people who worked with me, but it was a personal initiative and certainly not everyone else used to do so.
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Re: Christmas present

I had never given any present to a manager/director etc. I feel very strongly about this. It should be the other way around and only if each employee in a team gets it. (bonuses are a different thing, mind)
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Re: Christmas present

I gifted to my groupleiter a nice bottle of Merlot from Ticino. I joked that it was for drinking, not for cooking But, I like drinking with him, this is out of work.

Back to Switzerland, I've noticed that the only Christmas "gift" is offering dinner to employees. Nothing else beyond that.
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