Monday, November 30, 2015

Intraoffice Gifting

Hopefully you all had a nice little Thanksgiving break. Not much happened while we were out, so we'll start this week off by discussing intraoffice gifting. Any great gift ideas for your staff? Do you get a gift for the boss? Do you have a stellar white-elephant idea?

Anything else going on out there we should know about?

15 comments:

  1. Eleven-attorney firm.

    No individual gifts to fellow attorneys whether partner or associate. I do contribute a small keg of my own award-winning home-brewed beer at the attorney-only Christmas party. The attorneys and their significant others seem to enjoy the beer. The Mormon lawyer doesn't drink it but is fascinated that I brew it myself.

    Modest gift card to every non-attorney staff member (7 x $20). Generous gift card to my secretary and the receptionist (2 x $100). For $340, all are happy.

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    1. $340 and a keg of Schraederbrau? That's so generous, I don't know you stay in business.

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  2. Small Firm, all partners no associates. Cash gift to all staff $500-$2000. Attorneys do NOT want gifts from staff.

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  3. Government office. Attorneys sponsor lunch for everyone. Some attorneys give gifts to staff, some don't.

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  4. Gifts should flow down, not up.

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  5. I'm an associate. I usually spend about $100 on my paralegal because you're a fucking idiot if you don't do that. Do what you need to do to keep your paralegal happy and loyal.

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  6. In the constable's office as my clerks toil away shuffling the paperwork enforcing your judgments, I give each of them $200 for Xmas. I also give 5% of the commissions collected on judgments to my Senior Deputy Clerk. And yes, that includes the $2M we snagged a few weeks ago. Without them the office stops dead in it’s tracks and I’m sure the same could be said of any attorney’s office.

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  7. We "Secret Santa" it for those who wish to participate so that there is only a feeling of having to purchase one gift. With that said, some associates send gifts to those people who they think will be doing year-end evaluations. Firm also bonuses based upon subjective sophistry of what they think you are worth.

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  8. We're a two attorney firm - we gave our receptionist/office admin $750, our paralegal $1k, and our two legal assistants $500 each. Attorneys own the firm so we get whatever is left.

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  9. I dont want to diminish what others do but.....my staff makes me look good every day. they save my ass several times a year. they never ask if they need to "stay late" when I am in trial, they just do. Loyalty needs to be acknowledged,and the holidays are my time to step up to their level. I happily spend significant (mid 5 digits) sums to keep these folks feeling happy and appreciated. Its not always easy, but I have never felt that it is money well spent. trust me they know what you take home and can do the math, so do what you can at your level and it will pay dividends.

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  10. sorry. "money not well spent"

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  11. Please don't #bonusshame

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    1. What's a bonus? I keep hearing people talk about them, but I always assumed it was a bird, somewhat related to snipe.

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  12. I'm not clear -- are you all describing year-end bonuses, or gifts given at holiday time on top of any bonuses? Mid 5 digits suggests a bonus from the firm rather than a holiday gift. I'm a non-partner attorney who is thinking about flowing some goodness to certain folks at a firm that does hand out year end bonuses over which I have little to no input.

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  13. As a fifth year associate employed in a local office of a national firm, I usually give a gift of $20 or less to all staff members (usually candy or lotion/bath related product from one of those bath & body stores), a decent bottle of wine for my paralegal, and a $100 restaurant gift card to my secretary. I sometimes buy small/funny gifts for my fellow associates, but I've never bought anything for the partners.

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