I am slightly surprised by the leaving present someone very junior, who only worked for the company a few months, is going to get: a £140 mini i-pod. So far £115 have been raised and we have been asked to contribute some more Whatever happened to a 'gesture' towards a junior member of staff, a card and a few drinks down the pub? The company has quite a big staff turnover, are our salaries meant only to cover presents for leaving staff?
What do you get the boss when he leaves? A Yacht?
Sorry but I am slightly annoyed by this. Am I being mean?
I don't think so. Also what happened to passing the envelope around and spending what was donated?! In all honesty I would put another 5p in and leave whoever made this decision to make up the short fall. Hee hee. .
I don't necessarily think that someone senior should get a better present than someone junior, but I do think that it should always be fairly moderate present. Over £100 seems like too much to me, at work I used to give £2 or £3 for someone I liked (perhaps a bit more for someone on my team), once when someone I didn't like left I put in some Finish money from before the Euro .
I would just ignore the request for more money, and suggest they buy a gift cert towards an i-pod, perhaps John Lewis.
I always used to contribute based on 2 factors : a) how much I knew and liked (or not) the person concerned, and b) what I could afford !
It does seem rather daft - and a little like emotional blackmail to ask people to contribute for a second time so a specific gift can be bought. But you should say you've already contributed and refuse to be drawn further.
No you are not being mean. I suffered similar, in as much as every time someone had a birthday or a baby or engagement blah blah, I got the card and money pouch to make my contribution. It felt like every day was a hand out. Problem is there wasnt much going on in my calender so I never saw much come my way. Like you say, quite often you dont hardly know them other to nod as you pass in a corridor. I think it should be stopped.
Thanks everyone, glad I am not being mean! The woman organising the gifts and parties is a looney IMHO. The thing is, I work part-time for the company and mostly from home!! I have never even met, let alone spoken to, the girl who is leaving, so I think I'll ignore the request entirely. Or should I simply explain that I don't know the girl? Would that be rude of me?