This answer about how to reward/morale boost an employee who had worked a lot of unpaid overtime got me thinking.
Pull out a 100 dollar gift card you bought with your own funds.
That will be the best 100 dollars you ever invested. It will show that you notice and appreciate his work, you're rewarding it...
When is it appropriate that a business employee (including managers and executives) pay for things out of their own pocket?
There's plenty of times that employees to pay for things out of their own pocket, birthday, secret santa and leaving gifts come to mind, or when groups of colleagues go out for coffee and pay their own way.
On the otherhand - there are other times when the business should be footing the bill, for example a mandatory team lunch; or that it's a good business move to foot the bill, for example non-mandatory Friday night drinks.
And there are scenarios where I imagine it might be downright inappropriate for an employee to be paying for something for other employees - eg if a manager was paying one of their employees an extra $200 a week out of their own pocket, it might raise eyebrows.
But am I wrong in thinking this? When is and isn't it appropriate for employees to be paying for expenses or gifts for each other?
And specifically - is it appropriate for managers to give performance or 'thank you for a job well done' gifts to employees? What would the limits be around this?