‘Tis the holiday season: the time for gift-giving and holiday cards for family and friends. But what about the boss? Is it appropriate to send your boss, former boss and members of your management team some sort of holiday greeting? If so, is it better to send a quick email with holiday wishes, or is a traditional paper card the way to go?
Reference-checking firm Allison & Taylor confirms according to a recent survey, that yes, it good idea to send your boss a holiday greeting. An appropriate greeting makes an impression; in fact, 52.7% of holiday card recipients indicate they are more likely to do future business with a company (or an individual) that sends holiday greeting cards.
5 excellent reasons to send a holiday card:
- It keeps you front and center. Connecting with your boss (or former boss) will help keep you in their awareness, mitigating “out-of-sight, out-of-mind”.
- A personal touch. Sending your boss (also former bosses, colleagues, suppliers, etc.) a card demonstrates a personal level of commitment to accompany your business relationship.
- Professional networking. Staying in touch with bosses and colleagues via a holiday card is a subtle yet effective method of networking.
- Maintaining relationships. Developing and maintaining positive relationships with your boss, co-workers and former bosses is key to success in your career.
- Staying in good graces. Keeping prospective employment references (particularly former bosses) happy is critical to your future employment success.
Etiquette may be forgotten by some today and noting what is appropriate is a smart decision.
Allison & Taylor notes that approximately half of all reference checks they conduct reveal negative input from the references. Don’t neglect your references; an appropriate holiday greeting is always a good idea to help cultivate and maintain professional relationships.
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