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Gifts for Your Boss


This is going to be a short blog... I was going to just make this a comment in my white Christmas thread but I thought it was worthy of its own space.

One of the most asinine things about work is the practice of buying one's boss a Christmas gift. Now, I'm not talking about a gift exchange where you draw numbers, straws, whatever and everyone participates (that in and of itself is a bit dumb as well but not quite as stupid as the subject at hand). I am talking about one representative of the staff going around collecting 5 bucks from everyone to purchase a gift for the boss man or woman. I never did understand this... First of all, doesn't this person make alot MORE than me salary-wise? So I am supposed to take from my measly, meager wages and contribute so that my boss can have yet another Precious Moments statuette to display in her much-nicer-than-my-own home.

Actually, at my current job, we don't practice this nonsense. The ironic thing is that my former boss here (she retired a few months ago) was one of the ONLY supervisors I've ever had who I would deem nice enough to purchase a gift for! Most of my bosses I could give a rat's ass if they have a merry Christmas, a happy Hannukah or a cool Kwanza. After we both clock out in the afternoon, you go your way and I go mine. Sayonara.

And on that note, Happy Christmas to all. :)


denak 8 years, 5 months ago

Ahhhhhhh Come on Mel, you know your boss works sooooooo much harder than you or any else in the office.

I suppose one should be happy that it is a group thing, I had one boss who wanted individual gifts (we knew this because she HINTED that she did) and then she would judge us on what we got her. And if she didn't like what we got her, we would hear little snarky comments throughout the year.

At least with the group thing, there is safety in numbers.


Mel Briscoe 8 years, 5 months ago

yeh, that's true. that boss sounds like a trifling b*tch, btw.

i'm just glad we don't do that at my current job.

BMI 8 years, 5 months ago

http://www.emilypost.com/everyday/corporate_gift_giving.htm. On the other hand, I was taught that one never gifts UP the chain of command. We do not allow this in our corporation, but they do an inner office exchange if they want to but with a price limit. For several years many of the offices chose to donate to a charity instead, with sealed donation boxes for people to drop things in by the coffee machines. A competition. More money went into each than would have been spent on the presents at the preset gift exchange amount. The totals and amounts are announced at the office party, and the company buys something for the top offices from a wish list.

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