How Much, If Anything, to Spend on the Boss
It turns out the more money you make, the less likely you are to spend some of it on a gift for your boss. Some 34 percent of workers who make under $50,000 a year say they will buy a gift for their boss, a CareerBuilder.com survey found, compared with 27 percent of employees who make between $50,000 and $100,000 a year and only 23 percent of workers who make over $100,000 a year. Female employees are more than twice as likely as men to buy their boss a gift, but only 5 percent of all workers report feeling obligated to do so.
"In general, you do not give your boss a gift," says etiquette expert Peggy Post, although she concedes there are always exceptions to that rule. If you feel the need to bestow a present, don't give your supervisor a gift that's just from you, advises Post: "You may look like you're trying to curry favor with the boss." Instead, she recommends that you pool your money with coworkers to get the boss a joint gift.
How much do most people spend on a team gift for the boss? This is what the CareerBuilder.com survey found:
How Much Is Spent on the Boss
|Amount Spent||Percentage of Employees|
|$5 or less||18 percent|
|$6 to $10||29 percent|
|$11 to $15||13 percent|
|$16 to $20||17 percent|
|$21 to $25||7 percent|
|$26 to $50||8 percent|
|$51 or more||8 percent|
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