Halloween is here again, and that means that offices far and wide are stocked with candy for the good boys and girls who work there.  And, as part of that annual world wide sugar rush, I found myself stalking the seasonal aisle of the local MegaloMart in search of appropriate fodder.

There were, as to be expected, all of the usual options.  And as I perused them, I started debating the merits of each, and the message they send to a potential visitor to the HR offices.

Snickers:  Every time you say “seat at the table….”

Payday:  While a lot of organizations have moved this to Finance, people still come to us when they have questions.

Twix: The comfort food of candy bars.  I don’t know why they are so good.  Probably magic.

Zagnut: Just kidding.  These haven’t been seen in the wild for years.  Tragic.

M&Ms/Skittles/Reese’s Pieces: Loose candy in a bowl.  At the start of flu season.  What could possible go wrong?

$100,000 Grand Bar: What people come looking for at annual review time.

Zero bar: What we too often have to give them.

Apples:  Unless you are giving out iPods, you know better.

Smarties: More appropriate than most people think.  But still not appreciated. 

Gum: The interns might appreciate it, but hopefully you don’t let a VP walk out with a wad of Double Bubble in their cheek.

Generic candy in orange and black wrappers: You remember these.  You may not know they are peanut butter candy, and surprisingly good.  You wouldn’t know it because no one eats them.  Less risky to just egg that house and move on.

In the end, I went with a mix of Take5 and Reese’s PB Cups.  I don’t know what message they send.  But they taste really good.  And that’s enough for now.


  1. Good take on the classic candies…

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