Do I have to chip in on a present for the boss?

Q. My entire division works remotely. Everyone — properly, everybody however me — needs to chip in for an costly reward for our boss. I ought to add that I’m on the lookout for a brand new job. Do I must donate to the reward? It feels pressured upon me. Will it look dangerous if I don’t?

A. Ah, peer strain. You’re not alone — I get comparable questions this time of 12 months. No, you don’t must donate to the trigger particularly because it sounds costly. You can say one thing like, “I won’t be participating this year, but thanks anyway for the opportunity” or no matter feels genuine together with your voice.

As for questioning if it is going to look dangerous in case you don’t, whether or not that’s amongst your friends or to your boss: If you’re feeling prefer it, you could wish to give your boss one thing inexpensive, but considerate. Consider sending a handwritten card, baking a candy deal with or one thing comparable. But being distant provides a component that makes that kind of reward tougher. So you do you.

When it involves further bills, particularly this time of 12 months, it may be difficult with workplace items as your greenback will get stretched. Another possibility is to recommend a decrease quantity to contribute if it is going to find yourself being awkward politically. Only you can also make the willpower of what feels best for you, alongside together with your checking account.

Q. I’m interviewing for a job and within the residence stretch. They requested once I can begin. I wish to say after the brand new 12 months — will that fly? They need me to start out sooner, however tbh I’m mentally checked out and wish to begin in January. Thoughts?

A. Yes, that ought to fly. When I labored in recruiting, it wasn’t extraordinary to have a begin date a month or longer from the provide acceptance. They’ll at all times need you to start out sooner, as on this coming Monday. (And for job seekers studying this who might really feel prefer it’s us v. them when you find yourself interviewing, that is case the place it’s us and us. Employers and job seekers are on the identical crew. As a lot as you needed to start out yesterday, particularly in case you’re in a poisonous office and need out ASAP, they needed you to start out the day earlier than yesterday!)

Your potential new employer ought to notice you’re wrapping up a job and it could be courteous to present a minimal of two weeks’ discover. Toss within the vacation frenzy and schedule, and it is smart that you just wish to begin within the new 12 months.

For you to be correctly educated and assimilated, it may really feel a bit start-and-stop by beginning in December. If individuals are on PTO, you could not have colleagues working full-time schedules (and in the event that they’re current, they could be mentally checked out, too — completely comprehensible).

Focus on acing the interview and touchdown that job provide, together with negotiating a candy deal. I wouldn’t sweat the beginning date. You acquired this.

Vicki Salemi is a profession professional, former company recruiter, creator, advisor, speaker, and profession coach. Send your inquiries to good [email protected]. For extra info and to subscribe to Vicki’s e-newsletter, go to and comply with her on Twitter and Instagram @vickisalemi./Tribune News Service


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