Perhaps you have seen this. It may take the form of a manila folder containing a list of names on the front and a card and an envelope in side. Some of the names have been crossed off and perhaps even there’s a dollar amount written beside those. The card has is a generic “get well soon” message on the front and is signed by your co-workers, many with just-as-generic wishes like, “Get well soon! Hope to see you back.” The envelope has money contributed by your co-workers, and you’re next on the list.
In the past few months in my office, we’ve had numerous employees on medical leave, baby showers, and other random parties, all which seem to require a donation of some type. This has always been fairly common, but the volume has increase lately. I always participate, but I’m starting to grow weary. If someone chooses to have elective cosmetic surgery, do they still need recovery gifts?
Do you participate in these giving rituals? If you do, are you motivated by guilt at all?