Giving and Receiving Gifts at Work -Ten Practical Precautions

Published on November 27th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

 
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

– Proverb

ACTUAL CASE HISTORIES: Each year, without fail, I get five to ten emails from employees who have either (a) given a gift at work and gotten into trouble for doing so, or (b) received a gift at work that is either causing discomfort or a problem. As you might imagine, most of these calls come shortly before or shortly after the year-end holiday season.

LESSON TO LEARN: Today more than ever, you need to devote a measure of thought to (a) why you are giving a gift, (b) how it may be perceived or misperceived by the recipient (or others), (c) for what reason or purpose another person may be giving you a gift, and (d) whether that gift to you might be a sincere gesture, a thinly disguised bribe, or a “payoff” for past favors. In fact, when giving or accepting a gift at work, it is the potential perceptions of others that can be far more dangerous than your own intentions.

To prevent even the perception of impropriety, and to discourage even the slightest offense, many company policies, laws, rules and regulations have been put into place that address – and in certain circumstances prohibit – giving and receiving gifts at work, and in business affairs.

As examples: How might your gift-giving look to compliance officers who work for your employer? Might a rather expensive gift be viewed by Human Resources as a subtle form of sexual harassment? Might your gift be viewed with suspicion, or even anger, by the husband or wife of its recipient? Is a gift a sign of generosity, or perhaps a disguised bribe? If you give some, but not all, of your office mates gifts, might some of those “left out” perceive themselves as outcasts, or victims of favoritism or even discrimination?

I often say “These days you have two jobs: one is to do your job, and the other is to keep it. This is one context in which that surely applies. Since your gift-giving might result in a perception or accusation of misconduct. Before giving or accepting a gift at work, take just a few moments to review and consider the many possible interpretations of your gift-giving or gift-accepting behavior.

Do I intend to make you paranoid? Yes, I do, but just a little.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Consider these 10 Practical Pointers on gifts at work:
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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on November 26th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

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“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”

– Lucy Larcom

Whether it is the temperature outside, or the way others seem to treat you, the cold can make you feel downright uncomfortable, and tempted to withdraw inside yourself. Fortunately, there is always an available remedy: create warmth, yourself. As examples, if you are waiting for a subway, bus or train, don’t shrivel up or hunker down; instead, keep moving, and let your increased blood flow warm your fingers, toes and nose. Make warmth inside you, and you will feel warmth around you. And, best of all, others will, too.

This quote was sent to us by Phil of Brainerd, Minnesota, a place where it gets gosh-awful cold. Our hats are off to you, Phil, although we will keep our earmuffs on!! If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at vanessa@executivelaw.com.

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For Thanksgiving Day:

Published on November 22nd, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

“On many holidays, we celebrate our independence.
On Thanksgiving, we acknowledge our dependence.”

– William Jennings Bryan

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on November 19th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

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“When someone tells me ‘no’ it doesn’t mean I can’t do it. It simply means I can’t do it with them.”

– Karen E. Quinones

I can attest to having this experience maybe 100 times in my life. And just as many times I’ve found out that I could, indeed, do what I thought was best to be done. Whether it is a different approach to solving a problem, or creating a new business, those who succeed the most don’t readily accept “no” for an answer. And, whether it’s at work, at home, or otherwise, you shouldn’t either.

This quote was sent to us by Carmel of Brockton, Massachusetts. We’ll never say “no” to you, Carmel. Thanks, Carmel, for sharing these wise words. If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at vanessa@executivelaw.com.

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Sklover’s Thought for the Work Week

Published on November 12th, 2018 by Alan L. Sklover

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“When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate. When life is bitter, say thank you and grow.”

– Unknown

So simple. So simply put. So simply applied. And so true. Whether at work, at home, or elsewhere, bear in mind that the darkness is the messenger of the coming light.

This quote was shared with us by our good friend, Denise of Wantagh, New York, who lives with this spirit each and every day. Your reminder, Denise, is greatly appreciated. Namaste. If you would like to submit a proverb, quote or thought, please submit it to us at vanessa@executivelaw.com.

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for over 35 years

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