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Ask The Open Kimono
Boss’s Day is on October 16th. Do I have to get my manager something?
Not Trying to Suck Up
Dear Not Trying to Suck Up,
It’s likely your boss already gets many perks unavailable to you: stock, unlimited vacation, a nicer office, parking space or, if they’re an executive, a better health plan. So why shouldn’t they also have some made-up holiday to remind you that they make far more money than you? I’m sure they will return the favor during Employee Appreciation Day next year by buying you lunch in the cafeteria or saying thanks at the beginning of the weekly staff meeting.
If you fail to sign the obligatory office greeting card for him or her, kiss your next pay raise goodbye. They won’t admit it, but they are checking the signatures on the card. Conversely, if you get a gift then you’re the office brown-noser. It’s a lose-lose situation. Your best bet? Invite the whole team to lunch (someplace really nice) in his/her honor and then ensure you expense it on the company Amex card. Eat like a rock star. Caviar, anyone?