Take a cue from your colleagues

 If you’re the new kid on the block, follow the example set by sea­soned vets when it comes to gifting and don’t make any pur­chases until you’ve got a firm grasp on office cul­ture. As Lynne Sarikas, director of North­eastern University’s MBA Career Center, puts it:

It is impor­tant to know what others do, so you don’t stand out on the extreme end – either pos­i­tively or neg­a­tively. If you are the only person to bring the boss a gift, others will think you are ‘sucking up.’ If you are the only one without a gift for the boss, you will feel con­spic­u­ously absent. Go with the flow. Some orga­ni­za­tions have offi­cial poli­cies pro­hibiting or lim­iting gift giving so be sure to know the environment.”

Read the article at Forbes →