Employee annoyed by lame gifts at holiday gift-swap

Employee annoyed by lame gifts at holiday gift-swap

Employee annoyed by lame gifts at holiday gift-swap

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Posted on December 7, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 7 at 3:34 PM

Dear Roze:

My office does a gift swap every December.  The amount we’re allowed to spend on a gift is set by the big boss.  You would think that this guideline would ensure that everyone buys a decent gift, but that’s not the case.  I realize everyone has different tastes, but it appears that some people give no thought or care to what they buy for the swap.  As a result, some people end up with very lame gifts, and that’s putting it nicely.  You would think that a $20.00 spending requirement would ensure that everyone gets something decent, but that never happens.  This may seem petty, but it’s gone on for several years and I don’t want it to continue.  If you have any suggestions on how to prevent it from happening again, I would be most appreciative.

Gift swap needs some fixing

Dear Gift swap needs some fixing:

First, do not lose sight of what you acknowledged in your email to me; everyone’s taste is not the same.  Just because something does not appeal to you, does not mean that it will not appeal to someone else.  Second, I suggest that you approach the gift swap in a more lighthearted and positive way.  Keep in mind the spirit of the holidays and recognize that you cannot control what people purchase but you can control how it makes you feel.  If you and others receive a gift that you do not like, consider either donating it to a charitable organization like The Salvation Army or giving it to someone you think will appreciate it.

Dear Roze:

I’m the administrative manager for a small business.  There are less than 15 of us in the entire company.  There’s a worker who’s not only very lazy, but when he does work, it’s not at the level it should be.  It appears that the two owners don’t want to fire him because it will cost them quite a bit if he files for unemployment insurance.  I really like the owners, but they’re just sitting back and waiting for this guy to leave, and this guy has no interest in leaving since he's one of the highest paid in the company and is allowed to just sit around most of the day.  We don’t have an HR.  Can the owners do anything about this man’s lack of work ethic?  I think the company is losing a great deal by keeping this guy.  He’s being paid a nice weekly salary, getting free healthcare, and his IRA is being matched.

Something needs to be done

Dear Something needs to be done:

Most definitely, the owners can do something!  They need to be responsible and talk to this employee.  Allowing him to get away with his poor performance is not only bad for the company, but it also has a negative impact on the morale and possibly the productivity of everyone else in the company. 

Given your management role within the organization, I see nothing wrong with you having a professional but frank discussion with the owners.  Explain to them the negative impact this employee is having on the company and its personnel, and then respectfully recommend that they have a talk with him.  Hopefully, all he needs is a firm kick in the pants to do the right thing.  If he does not improve after being spoken to, hopefully, the owners will do the right thing.  Best of luck!

Dear Roze:

An article appeared in my local paper about dress codes in the workplace.  I’m job-hunting and wanted to know your opinion about going to an interview in business casual clothes if you know the company allows business casual dress every day.

Dress for a job interview

Dear Dress for a job interview:

I am a firm believer in the old saying: “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.”  Unless you are specifically told by an official from the company to dress in business casual attire for the interview, I recommend that you dress formally/conservatively.  Err on the side of caution.

© 2010 Rozanne R. Worrell

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