A new study by a jobs company in New Zealand found that Millennials want an end to “secret Santa” gift exchanges at work because they are afraid of looking like cheapskates and that gives them “anxiety.”
“Psychology lecturer Dr Ashley Weinberg claims workplace Secret Santa is causing high levels of stress and proposes offices should enforce a strict spending limit,” The New Zealand Herald reported this week.
The study found that many Millennials feel “judged” by the gifts they get for co-workers and the amount of money they spend. 17 percent claimed they were called “stingy” for the gifts they buy.
Twenty-six percent of Millennials told the pollsters that they often feel required to dip into their savings, or even end up making over drafts on their bank accounts for gifts for co-workers.
Millennials also said the gift-giving events at work make them angry. One third said they are angry at having to buy gifts.
The author of the poll blamed social media.
“If you’ve grown up in a world where social media is at your fingertips and those kinds of social judgments are being made fairly constantly, suddenly you’re even more aware of what others might be thinking,” Weinberg said.
“Naturally that’s going to spill over into all kinds of areas, particularly something that can be a social taboo when you think about maybe not giving, or maybe questioning why people are giving,” Weinberg added.
“I think there can be a bit of that and naturally it does lead to anxiety for a lot of people,” Weinberg concluded.
Weinberg suggested that gift-giving programs at work simply be cancelled so that snowflakes don’t get their feelings hurt.
The butthurt Millennials agreed.
“One in five workers believe birthday and Secret Santa presents should not be celebrated in the workplace and 35 per cent of millennials surveyed would like to see them banned,” the Herald reported.
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