5 Holiday Ideas for Your Professional Network

Instead of just showing the love to your friends and family, let your coworkers and business contacts know that you care. In the event that you’re looking for a new career opportunity like an investment, promotion, or job, your good deed might just put you on their nice list.

Make a List, Check it Twice

It all starts with your very own nice list. Think back - who gave you joy or helped you out this year? Even if they’re not in your department or at your company, who do you interact with on a regular basis? Your list can include baristas, valet attendants, delivery drivers, receptionists, caterers, clients, customers, and so much more than just your boss and (if you’re in management) your immediate staff.

Season’s Greetings

Whether you go the pen and paper route or prefer to be more eco-friendly, greeting cards are a joy to make and even more of a joy to receive. For store-bought cards, remember to add your own personal touch so the recipient knows you were thinking fondly of them, not just going through the motions.

Edible Arrangements

The quickest way to any person’s heart is their stomach. Whether you’re a brilliant home cook or experienced in the art of takeout, treating others to a tasty snack during a social hour is an easy, delicious way to treat your coworkers, no pun intended.

Experiences Over Things

If tangible gifts aren’t your thing, a seasonal outing is the next best idea. Whether you host a holiday party, invite carolers to the office, or organize a trip to see the neighborhood’s holiday lights, spending time with your professional network outside of the workspace is a great way to bond and get into the holiday spirit.

Random Acts of Kindness

If you don’t have the bandwidth for any of the above, try something easy. Whether it’s a year-end performance review that details your appreciation for a co-worker, a kind email, a LinkedIn recommendation, or something else that doesn’t cost a dime, a little can go a long way.

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