Work Christmas Cards - If I give out one, do I have to give one to everyone?
December 18, 2006 8:26 PM   Subscribe

OfficePolitics/Etiquette Filter: Christmas Cards - If I give out one, do I have to give one to everyone?

I work for a very large company with a couple hundred branches nationwide. Obviously I'm giving cards to the 20 or people in my department, but I'd like to send another 20-30 out to other staff in the field.
I'm worried that not sending a card to *every* office or manager will be more drama than it's worth, if people feel hurt or left out because they didn't get one. This is particularly hard for me because, well, I suck at office politics. I can just imagine the emails from the manager of the Seattle office asking why Tacoma got a card and they didn't.
It'd be a personal card from me, not representing the department I work in, and my role isn't even close to a management position.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (5 answers total)
If it's a personal card from you, just send them to individuals you have a personal relationship with, regardless of any business connections. Anyone not on that list probably won't be expecting one.
posted by bizwank at 9:01 PM on December 18, 2006

Second what bizwank said.

It's not exactly the same situation, but I used to do recruitment advertising for a chain of newspapers, and many of my accounts were advertising agencies. Several of the agencies had offices all over the country, although I only spoke to people at a couple offices. During the holidays I sent cards to those who I spoke to personally - I didn't send a card to people at an office if I didn't have any dealings with that office. I wouldn't expect a card from someone I'd never had any dealings with and I doubt people who you don't generally deal with expect any from you.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:18 PM on December 18, 2006

Indeed. Since it's just a personal card, and not "Merry Christmas from the home office!", I don't think you really have to worry about it.
posted by antifuse at 1:16 AM on December 19, 2006

What everybody else said, with the additional suggestion that if they're personal cards you send them to the intended recipients' home addresses, if you have them.
posted by Opposite George at 7:54 AM on December 19, 2006

What everyone else said plus get a few extra and If anyone complains:
"Oh, didn't you get one? I'm sure you were on the list." Then send them a belated card & make sure to send one next year.
posted by BoscosMom at 11:48 AM on December 19, 2006

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