• Gift giving among businesses can also be strange

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    A research has revealed that gifts can be a great way of making businesspeople feel appreciated, or of introducing one business to another.

    The study by Regus also reveals that the choice of gift can strongly affect the impression the giver makes on the recipient, making it vital for businesses to consider the acceptability of any intended gift.

    “Allowing for cultural differences, there are clearly some items on the list that many of us would struggle to welcome as a gift or find acceptable,” said John Henderson, regional director of Regus APAC.

    The study showed that the practice of giving business gifts is alive and well, though some of the items given to clients are more weird than welcome, according to research from Regus, the global workspace provider, in a survey of more than 26,000 respondents from over 90 countries.

    “While gifts can be a great way of making businesspeople feel appreciated, or of introducing one business to another, the choice of gift can strongly affect the impression the giver makes on the recipient, making it vital for businesses to consider the acceptability of any intended gift. However, this said, the range of items people have received in the line of business certainly shows great imagination,” Henderson said.

    The research suggests that corporate gifting is up, with 71 percent of companies handing presents to customers and clients. However, a third of businesses are reportedly not spending as much on gifts as they did in previous years. What cannot be achieved financially is made up for in imagination, as respondents reveal the strangest business gifts they received.

    Items range from what the “if I like it, they will like it” school of thought, to the slightly peculiar and the outright odd. And Regus research reveals that across the globe, business people are actually receiving an off-the-wall cornucopia of gifts.

    The study also reveals that while those living in flood-prone districts in the Philippines might find sandbags rather handy, respondents are far less likely to appreciate the gift of a dead pet.

    The most common but perhaps more useful gifts range from pocketknives to bottle openers.

    Globally, livestock is a strangely common gift across the business world with goats, a horse, a dog and a rabbit featuring among the responses. Spirits and chocolate are popular but pedestrian options by comparison.

    Rosalie C. Periabras

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