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Xmas gifts for Polish workers?


bpss  
5 Dec 2006 /  #1
I am a boss at a works in England,I have for the past 2 years supplied free food and drink, at work as xmas gets near. 85% are polish workers. any sujestions on snack foods and drinks for them to eat at tea break? they sometimes seem not to like what i put out.

Lastly have just been given gifts (brandy and sweets), in Poland on the 6th Dec Xmas gifts are put into childrens shoes. Is this an insult or praise to me?

thanks if replied in English
krysia 23 | 3,058  
5 Dec 2006 /  #2
This is only my opinion. I hope others will tell theirs.
I don't know what you've been feeding them, but Polish people make good kielbasa (sausage) and bread, so they might like to have a plate made with sliced-up kielbasa, cold meats, some cheese and slices of good bread.

They also like pizza. With ketchup.
Maybe have a suggestion box put out and they can write what they like, we can translate it here for you.
And as for gifts, I'm sure they are very appreciated. Specially if they have kids.
Eurola 4 | 1,909  
5 Dec 2006 /  #3
Well boss, I'm surprised that out of 85% of polish workers, there is nobody who can speak English enough to tell you what they like. Krysia is right on the cold meat cuts, bread, pretzels, mixed nuts. I don't know what you offered that they did not like... :)

December 6th is St.Nicolaus day and kids get small gifts under the pillow or just candy, if they are good. The naughty ones may get a wooden stick ( a little twig) as a symbol for punishment.

Never heard of gifts put in the shoes.
OP bpss  
5 Dec 2006 /  #4
Thanks for your reply, in the past I have put out sausage rolls, pork pies, crisps, chocolate nibbles, different types of flavoured biscuits and bottles of pop.

Maybe i will change them for this yrear. I have asked differnt poeple, but hey have said it all seems toomuch, and they do not exspect it from me. I just feel every body deserves a little respect at xmas. What do you think?
miranda  
5 Dec 2006 /  #5
What do you think?

I think that you are a very caring boss:)
krysia 23 | 3,058  
5 Dec 2006 /  #6
I agree with Miranda. You don't find caring bosses like that anymore. You are the one who deserves something special.
In the US, some celebrate St. Nick by putting toys and candy in big socks. They usually hang them on a fire-place, if you have one.
annamaria  
6 Dec 2006 /  #7
I think you've been very kind, but perhaps they'd prefer a small gift instead of free food and drink?
In Poland, a lot of companies give their employees gift vouchers at Christmas, it keeps everyone happy.
rafik 18 | 589  
6 Dec 2006 /  #8
In Poland, a lot of companies give their employees gift vouchers at Christmas, it keeps everyone happy

in england too.i and my wife got vouchers of 25£ each for this christmas.it is very nice cos you spend this money on what you want

sausage rolls, pork pies, crisps, chocolate nibbles, different types of flavoured biscuits and bottles of pop.

we are not really after this kind of food.i think that a sandwich with ham,cheese would be better than the pies.we love sandwiches and also pizza.biscuits and some chocolate stuff are ok.
Eurola 4 | 1,909  
7 Dec 2006 /  #9
bpss,
are there any polish delis in the town? Any food from a polish deli would make everybody happy. And, yes - you are a good boss.
OP bpss  
7 Dec 2006 /  #10
Thanks you guys, i have just found out why they are a bit nervious about eating the food/snacks. It was because they are CCTV , I have told them that this year it might not work at that paticular tea break.
Lee-UK  
10 Dec 2006 /  #11
Why not organise a big night out. Me and my friend run a small company with 3 Polish workers. We recently went for a meal and then went clubbing in London. We paid for all there drinks etc and they enjoyed it. We usually do this every 2 months as profits from the company are good.

If you treat your staff with respect then they will stay loyal regardless of where they are from.
manser  
13 Dec 2006 /  #12
I don't know what you've been feeding them

sound like pets lol
Matyjasz 2 | 1,544  
13 Dec 2006 /  #13
Lastly have just been given gifts (brandy and sweets), in Poland on the 6th Dec Xmas gifts are put into childrens shoes. Is this an insult or praise to me?

I think that they must really like you. It definitely wasn't an insult.
bspp  
13 Dec 2006 /  #14
Thanks for your reply, in the past I have put out sausage rolls, pork pies, crisps, chocolate nibbles, different types of flavoured biscuits and bottles of pop.
Maybe i will change them for this year. I have asked differnt poeple, but hey have said it all seems too much, and they do not exspect it from me. I just feel every body deserves a little respect at xmas. What do you think?

I don't know what you've been feeding them

sound like pets lol

Manser if you read the above you will read what i gave them. What did "pets" mean. in England it means cats and dogs etc. surely you did't think i would go to the effort of catching such flee bitten beast and giving them to my loyal polish workers did you.:)

By the way thanks Matyjasz.
manser  
13 Dec 2006 /  #15
lol, laugh a little.

wheres your sense of humour eh?
krysia 23 | 3,058  
13 Dec 2006 /  #16
CCTV

Sorry for a stupid question, but what is that?
manser  
13 Dec 2006 /  #17
CCTV?

are you serious?

Closed-circuit television (CCTV).

e.g used in shops to catch theifs. and by the looks of things very common in Poland.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
13 Dec 2006 /  #18
Lastly have just been given gifts (brandy and sweets), in Poland on the 6th Dec Xmas gifts are put into childrens shoes. Is this an insult or praise to me?

sounds as tho they really dislike you...:)

good on you for treating your staff with respect

12 days left... happy christmas :)
krysia 23 | 3,058  
13 Dec 2006 /  #19
OK.So they don't want to eat because they are being watched? Then it doesn't really matter what you give them, because it's not about the food, but the CCTV.
manser  
13 Dec 2006 /  #20
Id be abit nervy too on CCTV.

Did you know the UK has 25% of the worlds CCTV cameras?

true fact.

Most closely watched nation on earth
krysia 23 | 3,058  
13 Dec 2006 /  #21
Who watches them? Does someone then watch the watchers?
OP bpss  
13 Dec 2006 /  #22
I am supposed to watch them, and everything is downloaded and is kept on a hard drive which auto deleates after a week. It was mostly put in to keep a eye on theft and damaged. I have upto 10 cameras around the site . unfortunatly not in the changing rooms (before you ask). It has helped reduce damage and has also protected the innocent when accused of doing something wrong. If you havn't got CCTV yet you probably soon will have.

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