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What Kind Of Keto-friendly Office Treat Can I Bring In Since Pastries Are Not An Option? [closed]

I'm working for a new team today, and occasionally as a show of good will I like to bring in some donuts for the team to enjoy. On my new team however, there is one person who is on a strict Keto diet ...
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Is it ok to bring cookies for the entire office to my interview?

Is it ok to bring home-baked cookies for the office to an interview? We live in a very small town. It is a small office. The position I'm interviewing for is Administrative Assistant. I'm sure that ...
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How to thank a generous office gift when we only go into work once a week?

I received a fairly generous gift from the office recently for my newborn son - it was a chip-in $200 gift card, which was greatly appreciated and that I'd like to thank them for. Normally I would ...
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Parting gift for departing manager for which I didn't contribute hasn't arrived, and I'm the one supposed to give it to him

I've been working in a multinational company for a few months now and I've noticed that, at least in the European branch, every time something "big" comes up (like a wedding or someone ...
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How do I politely recall an expensive personal gift sent to an employee in error?

I'm a manager of a mid-sized team. I sent each of them a small Christmas gift worth about $20. (We're all remote due to COVID). All members of my team sent me a nice thank you e-mail. Separately, ...
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How to show gratitude for employers esteem towards employee

When having a company and superiors expressing esteem towards their employees (gifts, congratulations, cards), how to react? This is my first year working for the company (simple specialist position) ...
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Doing right by a colleague who IMO was tricked?

I'm part of small organization and this more or less represents my position in the org structure in my part of the company Bob(3)/ Me(1)/ Alice(2)/ Sam(1.5)/ Person1/ ...
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Buying gifts for employees out of pocket [closed]

I'm a new manager with a small number of direct reports. My company does a holiday party (virtual in 2020), but we don't have any sort of gifts that are distributed. I'd like to give my employees ...
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What would be an appropriate gift to a customer service rep who's helped me way beyond what I expected?

I recently had an absolutely fantastic customer service experience. I had an issue signing up for a service and posted on social media about it - a few minutes later, a user from the company commented ...
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Should I give my colleague a souvenir I got from a holiday in a place with e.g. epidemic outbreak? [closed]

For example, if I traveled to Asia (such as Japan or Shanghai, China) early this winter and brought back some small souvenirs intended for my colleagues. Should I refrain from giving them to my ...
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My superior has been giving gifts to only one employee

I have an awkward situation at my workplace. My male superior is very friendly to one of the female employees and of late I have observed that he has given two holiday gifts only to her like a box of ...
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How can I get former colleagues to stop giving me gifts when I visit?

I left my former employer some time ago. The departure was on good terms, and they clearly liked me on both a personal and professional level because 1) they asked me to freelance for them (which I'm ...
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Gift from a contractor to a contractor

I am an independent software contractor for an IT company and a lead for a small team. All the team members are contractors as well and we're pretty friendly bunch. We go out sometimes for drinks or ...
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Bringing gifts when visiting office HQ

I'm a remote (foreign) employee who works for a US company. I frequently visit the HQ, and while I've never really given gifts in the past, I really want to catch up on birthdays/wedding gifts/etc, ...
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Would it be appropriate to ask colleagues to chip in for a farewell gift?

I'm working in Germany. We have a colleague who's leaving, and I am thinking about asking all the colleagues to chip in for a farewell gift. I don't really know how to ask, and if I should ask for a ...
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How to commend a remote colleague?

I'm a software engineer and recently I've been working on a remote team's package to integrate it with a project I've been assigned to. It's really difficult to ramp up on and pretty impenetrable to ...
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Is it OK to bring delicacies from hometown as tokens of gratitude for an out-of-town interview?

I've been invited for an all expenses covered out of town interview from Singapore to one of the states in Australia. I'm wondering if it is common practice for candidates to bring some of their local ...
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Found job board's branded item at my workplace. Have I been found out? [closed]

I live in the US and I'm looking for a new job. About two months ago I signed up for several job boards to get a sense of the market. One of them was a boutique job portal I had not heard of before. ...
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When is it appropriate for an employee to pay for something out of their own pocket?

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 ...
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Is a book on sales technique a bad idea for our head of sales in secret santa?

So it's secret santa time again at work, and I've drawn the Head of Sales. Secret santa is normally a jokey thing in our office, so I thought it would be amusing to buy him a 'Sales for Dummies' sort ...
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Tech Gift Ideas For Guests [closed]

Situation: I work at a tech company. Some guests will visit the company. Gifts will be given to the guests. Problem: What are suitable gifts? (apart from clothes, cups and notebooks) I have come up ...
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Received broken gift at workplace from the company. What should I do?

On occasion of Diwali, all the employees at my workplace got a 1ltr glass bottle nicely gift wrapped from the HR department. When I opened mine, I learned that the bottle is already broken(not by ...
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Can I quit a job after receiving a gift?

My boss gave me a gift, but I am actively looking at a new job. If I get the new job, it would be much higher pay. Can I still leave even though I was given this gift? ($50 value) I would feel awful ...
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Etiquette question about being asked to contribute to a going away present for coworker

A low-level employee who has worked in my office for several years is leaving soon. This person has explicitly communicated that a very generous gift is expected because a manager who left the company ...
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How to avoid discomfort to a coworker when declining a holiday gift

I work as the team lead for my team. Today I received a gift of boxed wine from a fellow team lead of another team that I worked closely with for the past year, as a symbol of goodwill for the ...
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Etiquette related to stiffing poorly performing staff on Christmas gift after precedent was set last year

I have an administrative assistant. Also, this is in the US, our office has around 20 people, and I'm one of the "higher" people (i.e. I have an admin), but I'm not really the boss of anyone. I ...
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What is the current protocol for holiday gifts? [closed]

I've been at the new job for about 3 months, and all seems to be going well. I report directly to two managers, and I'm on good/excellent terms with both of them. I want to give them some small ...
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Should I decline a gift from my boss (the new owner of the company)?

I work for a small office, the ownership of which just changed hands earlier this year. I requested a day off so that I could take my son to an amusement park. The new owner not only approved my ...
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Should I send HR a gift for Christmas? [closed]

Is it a good idea to send a gift to the HR hiring manager as a thank you/Christmas gift after I have been accepted into a job? The HR manager has certainly gone out of her way to assist me, answering ...
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Is a holiday card or a gift card a reasonable gift to a former supervisor/manager? [duplicate]

I understand that it is important in US for one to maintain good relationships with previous supervisors, professors, and managers in universities and companies, especially when the one had some up ...
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Offered $350 gift for customer research survey [closed]

So I am a low level analyst at a large consulting firm. We are not allowed to accept personal gifts from clients due to this being a potential conflict of interest. I use a large well known database, ...
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Gifting with a mic the company for which I work remotely

Some context: I recently started working remotely (Europe) for an American startup. We have daily video-conference scrums; the devs in HQ call from a room with something that feels like some kind of ...
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What's an Appropriate Gift for the Person Who Referred? I'm still Being Interviewed

I applied for a dream job before the-other-half's former classmate [who's a senior in this company] got back to us saying that he's happy to refer me! In the mean time I happened to get an automated "...
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Gift for senior coworker who helped me get an interview

A Distinguished Engineer in my company has recommended me for a position after I informally expressed to them my interests in applying. It is undoubtedly due to their recommendation that I have now ...
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When is it appropriate in the US to give a boss a gift? [closed]

Based on some comments in Asked to pay for a group gift that I have previously declined to contribute, are there times when it is appropriate to give your boss a gift? If so, what are appropriate ...
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Asked to pay for a group gift that I have previously declined to contribute [closed]

I periodically catch up with a group of ex-colleagues for a meal, and with one of the birthdays coming up, I was approached by one of them personally via WhatsApp to ask if I would like to contribute ...
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Is a "boob mug" an appropriate Secret Santa gift? [duplicate]

I work for a small company, less than 25 employees so I have a good idea of what everyone is like (been working there 1.5yrs). I got a boob mug for the lad I have for my secret santa which I feel ...
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