Holiday gift-giving is something many people enjoy doing. However, when it comes to the workplace and presents for the head of the company, it can get tricky. There are quite a few factors you need to consider: the relationship you have with them, your income, whether you feel appreciated or not… the list goes on.
Unfortunately, many employees end up being pushed into chipping in for the CEO’s or company owner’s gift and sometimes don’t know how to refuse. Some feel annoyed since they make several times less than their rich bosses, others fear that declining might affect their work relations. Whatever the reason, a few people took it upon themselves to share their experience on Reddit, sparking a very relevant discussion on the page.
Scroll down and check out some of the stories Bored Panda picked out from this page. If you have a similar experience yourself, make sure to share it with us in the comments below.
I just f*cking can’t. That money is going to my kids, not to the fat cats at the top who make at least 5x what I make on any given month.
Buy your own damn presents.
I’m a receptionist in a doctor’s office at a hospital. Not a terrible job, but it’s more so a holdover while I work toward other goals. It pays $15/hr which I guess is to be expected for this kind of job in Kentucky. Recently I received this email from our manager:
“It’s time to collect money for buying the four doctors in our office a gift card for their Christmas gift from us. I’m asking for $25 from each of you all for these. Money due to me by Tuesday December 14. Thanks.”
Not a big deal, but I mean, in the two years I’ve been here, we have never gotten a holiday bonus. At the last doctor’s office I worked at, staff got a holiday bonus, which is pretty standard. I know for a fact the manager makes around 80k a year (she oversees more than one office & it’s a big hospital) and the doctors are surgeons, so I can’t imagine they make any less than 200k at a minimum, though I don’t know their exact salaries. So why am I buying these people things? Especially with no holiday bonus. Seems like bullsh*t to me.
Just had to vent.
I just ignored the email. With or without a bonus I was never going to gift money to DOCTORS.
I was 20 years old working at a 2 month long sleep over summer camp for kids aged 8-13 or so. I was one of the head staff, but a junior head staff. My job was to make the daily schedule for several hundred kids and ~60 staff for 6 periods every day in addition to teaching archery lessons for the first half of the day. The camp is a non-profit, and only paid me about $2500 before taxes and only had 3 days off, and 3 evenings off. The camp was in the middle of nowhere so the staff lived on site too.
On the last day, as I was about to leave the camp for good, I was approached by one of the more senior head staff about contributing $20 to a gift (spa day) for the director of the camp. This was the director who had given a closing speech to the entire camp the night prior. In that speech, she went through each of the head staff one by one (except me of course) thanking them for their hard work. My decision was already made for me, I had no intention of coming back the next year and I was still pissed about being forgotten.
My response: “Why would I bother giving up any of my tiny pay check to pay for my boss to go to a spa when she doesn’t even remember I exist. I’ve literally spent 2 months working late into the night, in an office meters away from the directors desk, doing a job that no one else here knows how to do. This place would have burned to the ground without me and I am literally forgettable to her.” I left without contributing anything to her spa day.
Everyone at my work is going to throw in 40$ but I can’t bring myself to spend even a penny on this guy. I mean he hasn’t done me any wrong but he’s literally a multi millionaire. Should I just spend the 40 dollars? Everyone at work suddenly thinks I’m being a prick when I basically said this guy can kick rocks.
Just to clear some things up, the item they are wanting to buy my boss is a “ZIPLEVEL EZDepth for Excavators – EZD-30”. I work at a company in Ohio with a sh*t ton of boomers. I also make 27.50 an hour. I am 29.
This is so frustrating. My wife works for a doctors office. Her supervisor, the office manager, is organizing this collective gift for the doctors. My wife is front desk. Her and her coworkers make around $15/hour. The supervisor wants everybody to contribute $30. That’s two full hours of work. My wife wants to keep her job, and her $30 but doesn’t know how to get out of it without looking bad.
And I just know the supervisor is organizing this to suck up to the doctors and take credit for organizing this gift for them.
She’s probably going to end up having to give the $30, but I just needed to vent about it.
I should mention, she gets no Christmas bonus, she’s part time, and her job doesn’t offer benefits. Only managers and supervisors are entitled to healthcare benefits
**UPDATE: After showing her this thread, she decided not to give the money. She just told her supervisor that it wasn’t in her budget as there isn’t enough left over from her paycheck to contribute with her own personal holiday shopping she needs to take care of. Her supervisor sounded disappointed and said something like “Alright we’ll just leave your name of the gift”. My wife said “Sounds good, thanks!”. I’m so proud of her. No telling how that affects her relationship with the supervisor. But she wasn’t trying to move up there anyway. She’s just working there to make a couple extra bucks for a few months until she goes back to school.
I’m genuinely lost for words here. Our company is pretty big, our one group spans roughly 100 employees, and they sent a mass email out to all of us, or what I assume is all of us. (I didn’t go and ask every 100+ people, but several different groups within the 100 got this email, so I’m mostly just assuming).
It’s just absurd, we tried to figure out what they were trying to get him, and we all had decided that it must of been a new Mustang from how much they were expecting to get. This actually prompted us to do our own secret santa instead. F*ck that guy, we deserve presents more than him.
I just feel bad for anyone who works at this company! The business wants other businesses to pitch in for their staff Christmas party to happen!
How about he gets a $20 Target gift card and stale candy like the rest of us instead?
I am a salesperson at a company that is going to make $22 million this year. We’re a decently small company in a major US city (about 40 office staff, with ~150-200 staff in the field). The company has done very well during the pandemic, although my department suffered a lot this summer. I singlehandedly worked my a*s off to keep certain operations running when my direct manager quit without notice. I spent my summer getting screamed at by angry clients and working 12-14 hour days with limited OT pay, all with none of my usual commission because the department was in such bad shape. The owner took multiple vacations during this time. While my department is back on its feet, and I’m able to pay my bills again, getting a message from our sales director about “everyone pitching in for [Owner’s] holiday gift” just made me so angry. He owns a $6m house, multiple cars, and sends his kids to private school. What does he need us to chip in for a staycation at a 5-star hotel for?
They are asking for contributions to pay the support staff Christmas bonus (I don’t even get a bonus).
Today is a “holiday” where employees are expected to give gifts and thank their bosses.
Some co-workers thought that it would be a good idea to chip in and buy the boss some airpods. This is the stupidest idea ever. That manager makes more than enough to buy their own Airpods. I gladly said no.
My bosses, that drive matching Mercedes and make 100x more than I make a year (literally) need a Christmas present. Everybody complains about being underpaid, I don’t see how anyone in their right mind would even think to do that but we only have 5 employees so if I say no I know they’ll talk.
Every year our team pitches in some cash for a Christmas gift for the boss (ends up being about 200-300 bucks between 8-10 people). He makes well over 200k a year while most of the people on our team haven’t gotten raises in decades. Whenever we mention the need for at least a COLA, we’re met with “that’s out of my control” or “the CEO doesn’t believe in COLAs”. (For reference I make just enough for rent, but I’m afraid next year when rent rises again I won’t be able to afford it). Just getting tired of being fed the same line, and then having to pretend I’m thankful for being hired and doing the job I exchange a percentage of my lifespan for.
Members of the r/Antiwork subreddit backed up the people who refuse to buy gifts for their bosses