Productivity-Expert Approved Holiday Gift Guide

Adriana Girdler

The Holiday Gifts That Could Change Your Office The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to start thinking of the greatest gift you …

The Holiday Gifts That Could Change Your Office

At work Holiday Gift Guide The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to start thinking of the greatest gift you can give to the people you care about at work. This could be for your boss, your colleagues or each and every employee. Tis the season to give a gift that keeps on giving well past the holiday season.

The gift of time 

Time is free but it’s priceless, you can’t own it but you can use it, you can’t keep it but you can use it and once you’ve lost it you can never get it back. – Harvey MacKay

How can you gift wrap time and give it to everyone at the office? You allow everyone to focus on getting work done at work. For this to happen it’s important to understand how time slips through our fingers. It’s called minor stoppages. These are distractions (phone, email or drop by) that interrupt us from performing our focused activities (report, presentation, proposal). It’s the minor interruptions that happen in the day that add up and together are a big time sucker. To combat this, the gift that keeps giving is the Power Work Hour. photo 3This is a two-sided message that when flipped to the red-sided POWER WORK HOUR, advises potential interrupters that you’re in the middle of a focused activity, please come back in one hour. Just think how great it would be to have dedicated time to do things at work and everyone respecting that time. So much so that everyone does it. Productivity would go through the roof. The gift is simple but impactful and will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Gift Idea: Give an early exit away to all staff, on a day of their choosing, staggered over a month. Encourage them to spend time with family or friends to go to a game, take in a show or do something fun, or just take in a quiet few hours off to recharge their batteries.

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The gift of Knowledge 

Power is gained by sharing knowledge, not hoarding it. – Unknown

Knowledge is the second gift that everyone in your organization can benefit from this holiday. Knowledge is power. Give the gift of power with my pocket books that are packed with great tips, are quick reads, and allow immediate implementation of ideas and new ways of working. The SparkShift Series offers practical and philosophical guidance on the path to greater efficiency, prosperity and fulfillment. What a great gift to give to everyone to benefit both personally and professionally.SparkShift Book Serries

The SparkShift Series is about sparking ideas and shifting thinking. It’s made up of 6 books:

  • Opening the Doors to Empowerment: Remove obstacles and start realizing your full potential. This book reveals how to recognize and remove the barriers that block success.
  • The Value of Vision: Why seeing your path can be half your journey. This book explores the single most important step you can take in order to improve your productivity by showing you how to properly develop your corporate or even personal vision statement.
  • Take Back Your Day: A guide to productivity at work and at home. This book shows you how a few simple habits can help you regain precious time at home and at the office.
  • Spaces that Work: The 5 simple steps to efficient offices and homes. This book discusses why efficient spaces matter and how they can improve safety, productivity, profit and even teamwork.
  • Great Meetings=Great Results! How to meet less and achieve more. This book discusses what many consider to be the biggest time-waster in the modern workplace: ineffective meetings.
  • Intuition At Work: When to look beyond the data and trust your gut. This book reveals the power of an often overlooked but valuable workplace tool: business intuition. Everyone has it, but few people use it to its fullest potential.

Gift Idea: Give a nominal allowance that is intended for a fun or educational course that they’ve always wanted to take, that you will reimburse – a cooking class, a sommelier course, a social media class, or even a work-life balance course. Anything that will give them some lasting learning that they can apply. And of course the SparkShift Series makes a great compliment to any gift.

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The gift of Gratitude

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. – William Arthur Ward 

When we are more appreciative we tend to take a more positive perspective with our work. Gratitude Boards and Gratitude Note Pads reflecting on what is good and what you appreciate increases happiness and work productivity and connectivity.

Gift Idea: Demonstrate your gratitude for your team throughout the year, not just during the holidays. Everyone loves a surprise. Come up with some creative ideas based on your team or your workplace to make sure people feel appreciated and are recognized when they do something great – big or small. A note of thanks or recognition can go much further than a coffee card when someone is having a low day. Studies show that workers tend to be happier with recognition than gifts.


The gift of Meditation

The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime. – Sogyal Rinpoche

Teach them how to meditate and give them the time to do it. Meditation is good for you and the benefit is that focus increases dramatically while stress and anxiety decreases and immunity improves. Have a look at this infographic for details >>

Gift Idea: Dedicate a time to bring in an expert to teach meditation to your team or create a time during the day where everyone can shut down for 15 minutes and meditate. Part of a lunch hour can become a re-launch hour.

With the season fast approaching, give the gift that will keep on giving. The more you give, the more you will get in return. By giving these gifts you will see the amazing shift that will take place at your organization.  A little gratitude and thanks, by giving these gifts to those who work hard all year, can and will go a long way.


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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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