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Our Holiday Wishlist: Gift Ideas for Everyone in the Office

December 05, 2016

As we put away the jack-o-lanterns and curse the amount of Halloween candy we have ingested, it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming holidays. The holiday season can be a festive time around the office, with parties and gift-giving. However, coming up with gift ideas for your co-workers and gifts for your boss can be stressful. Gift cards feel impersonal. Fancy pens are a bit cliché. Scented candles and chocolates are overdone. Why not give gifts that help your co-workers become better at doing their jobs? In our opinion, books can make excellent office gifts. Here is our guide for giving the best business book to everyone in the office.

Customer Service Department

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

The CEO of Zappos penned this book about the importance of a positive work culture. Hsieh shares his insights on using employee happiness as a means to drive business, create passion, and purpose. He also offers advice on instilling customer service throughout the entire company, rather than just relegated to one department.

Marketing Department

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott offers both reflection and guidance on the writing life, particularly, how to start, get over writer’s block, and work through the process from the first draft to publication. Reviewers call it “delightful to read, and funny, with lots of sage advice and honesty.”

Your Boss

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Forbes magazine says this “just might be the best business book ever written.” Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation. This book is a manual for being original and fostering a creative corporate culture through open communication and encouraging risk-taking, among other tips.

Sales Department

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink

The premise of this book is that everyone is in sales, whether it’s in your job description or not. Everyone needs to “move” people in some way or another. Sales books are a dime a dozen, but reviewers call this “a fresh look at the art and science of selling.” This book gives new tips about how to be a better salesperson through understanding others’ perspectives, being clear and thoughtful in communication, and other valuable tidbits.

Human Resources

The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace by Lynne C. Lancaster and David Stillman

Lancaster and Stillman are recognized generational experts and offer a treasure trove of insights into what Millennials want at work, how they think, and how managers can get the very best out of them. For a generation that is far more likely to move jobs, this is a valuable book for any HR department looking to hire, engage, and retain Millennials.

At Pacific Office Automation, we believe in creating a corporate culture centered on customer service, employee satisfaction, and giving back to the community. We offer careers, not jobs, and look for team members who want to grow with us. Check out our exciting career opportunities and learn more about who we are. Happy holidays from all of us at Pacific Office Automation!

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