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What Goes Around

Thursday, May 15th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

It seems like I get a lot of emails at work that fall into the following catergories:

  • A is leaving for a new job. If you would like to make a contribution toward a gift…
  • B has had a death in the family. If you would like to contribute toward a plant…
  • We’re having a baby shower for C. If you like to buy a gift or contribute toward a group gift…

I like doing it for the most part. It’s a nice and thoughtful thing to do. I’m sure they would do the same for me. Of course it’s always optional, but I used to feel like I needed to contribute something for each one. However, it started to get on my nerves after a while especially when a bunch come up around the same time. Now I’m a little more selective about which ones I contribute to. Is that mean? If it’s someone I don’t know and never see I don’t usually make a contribution. It’s not as bad now as it was when I first started here, but I work with a lot of people so it still happens a lot.

I talked to my sister about this a few months ago and she has the same complaint about where she works. And she’s got a good 10 years on me in the work force. I think part of the reason I started to get annoyed is that I hardly ever carry cash on me and when I do it’s for a specific reason. I always have to go out of my way to get money each time I get one of those emails. Another part of it is that I’m tired of giving away money when there’s stuff that I want need to be doing with it. How selfish!