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Questions tagged [gifts]

Questions related to the protocol around gift giving and receiving in the workplace. Do not use this tag for business gifts, consider creating a separate tag if it doesn't exist.

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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 ...
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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 ...