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Two things you should consider: First, CC'ing to one level above is almost always seen as some kind of escalation. You have to decide, if a training is worth this. Second, there's a high chance that your boss's boss won't intervene, because your manager has the financial responsibility and the big boss doesn't want to undermine your manager's authority. ...


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The way I see it, it depends... If the job is actually worth the effort. Quite a few in my field (IT) aren't really. However if said job opens up a lot of opportunities and you are really interested in making the effort, then do write (or call) them back maybe once a week or every other week. If the job is being passed through a recruitment agency, I tend ...


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The approach suggested by many other answers here (insist on returning or paying for the trees, and internally notify your boss or HR) has a couple of possible downsides: Most importantly, the contractor may be upset about their gift being ungraciously rejected. Less importantly, you end up either out of pocket and/or without any trees. (This is not the ...


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Step 1: contact your manager / boss and explain the situation Step 2: contact your customer / client and explain the situation + offer to pay the costs of the trees. (preferably by mail) Step 3: show your manager / boss the result; the mail you're offering to pay the costs of the trees OR the client saying they understand the situation and it was a gift. ...


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I would talk to my boss immediately and tell him what happened. If you tell him and ask what you should do, then he'll know that you were not soliciting a bribe. What would be the point of soliciting a bribe and then promptly turning yourself in? If you don't tell the boss and he finds out, then it can look like you were hiding something. If the boss says "...


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I found three trees in the garden. In my mailbox, there is a short thank you letter signed by the contractor. Yes, it looks like bribery for two reasons: 1. You received something which you asked for 2. The giver left you a note to make sure your gratitude is returned. Mention it to your employer immediately. If there isn't a specific person, tell your ...


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Do a charity The company I work for has a rule that all freebies are collected by our warehouse guy and used for charity lottery at the Christmas party. No one can be blackmailed or accused of taking a bribe and a good cause gets a needed help. If your company doesn't have such program, you may initiate it or even manage it, which in turn may get you the ...


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In this situation, I would send an e-mail to the contractor with this kind of content: Hi [...], I have received the trees you sent me. I'd like to thank you for the gift, but unfortunately I have to send them back as this could be considered as bribery by our strict company's policy. I'm sure you weren't think of anything wrong (and I was pleased by ...


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One member of my family was in a line of business where the public facing people received plenty of large and small gifts from business partners (import/export with regions where expensive gifts are a part of the business culture). The company policy was to accept these gifts with gratitude and bring them to the company where they were stored until the next ...


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Send a request to the contractor for a bill, then pay it. Be sure to check that it is a fair market price, and not a discount, or that could still be construed as influence peddling/bribary. No freebie = no bribery. Then, mention this to your employer, mention that there has been a misunderstanding, and that you have already taken steps to correct it. ...


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"Can the trees be considered as a bribe.." Two things to consider: First, as @JoeStrazzere already mentioned you should check your company policies regarding 'gifts'. What is considered a gift and in which context did you receive such. Second, check your local laws in terms of value-limitation. In my country gifts above the value of € 70 could be ...


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Tell your manager or compliance department in writing and fast. If you tell them casually, they might "forget" this and you could be in trouble. Find out what the cost of these bonsai should be. There is usually a value limit on acceptable gifts from commercial partners. 100 USD comes to mind here, but there should be a number provided by the legal ...


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Can the trees be considered as a bribe and what would I do to secure my job? Yes, they can be considered as a bribe. Why take chances? The best course of action here, is to play safe. Return those trees to the sender, send them an email thanking them for the trees, and mentioning you never intended to ask them to provide you with the trees. This will be ...


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What can i do to secure my job? Mention it to your direct manager casually. While you didn't intend to push around your contractor, you have a situation that might be interpreted as some form of illicit payment. A minor slip-up will not hurt you, but covering it up definitely will.


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At my job, we are told to immediately report potential corruption/bribery to our line manager/a specific person depending on the scenario. If you get ahead of this and own up to it with your boss, the contractor cannot use it to blackmail you at a later point, which may incur more serious consequences. You may be able to keep the trees, you may have to ...


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he wants to be e-mailed first everytime before I can talk to him because he has a busy schedule. It looks like a practise that he follows to keep his day organized, so an e-mail asking for some time should be enough here (as a direct report you don't have to be 100% precise). What would I need to put in the Subject line and how should the body of the ...


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First off, you should never tell your boss you are resigning (or may resign) in an email unless you have no other option. If at all possible this should be done in person, or over the phone if that's not feasible. Since you don't have regular one-on-one meetings with him and he requires an email to set up any other meetings, you'll have to say something. In ...


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