This boss in my company is retiring at the end of the month, he politely asked me if I could get an external hard drive so he could save personal pictures and videos along with other personal files stored on his work computer, he is no IT guy so I politely agreed.
For the sake of the argument let's say he gave me $50 USD when we talked about it and said he would give me the rest once I had bought it and knew how much it was.
Let's say I spent about $80, would it be ok for me to tell him that it's fine and he shouldn't worry about the rest? Would that seem weird or even petty?
I don't know him for long but he has been a friend of the family for a while, also I did get a recommendation from him when I started working here although I don't work directly with him.
I've never been in this position so I really have no idea if:
- This would look desperate as in implying that I'm willing to give gifts in an attempt to keep or improve my current job.
- This would seem petty as in I was pretending to chip in with himself in getting him some kind of farewell gift.
- It actually seems like a nice symbolic gesture and is appreciated for what it is and not so much for the amount of money.
So is it appropiate to decline the money? Or should I just accept it and move on?