Friday, December 16, 2005

Colleague collection etiquette

oooh I struggle in this complicated world. Following from my query regarding workmen etiquette (Monday 5th Decmber) I am now concerned that I may be about to commit a faux pas at work.

Now, here's the thing. In the past fortnight 2 members of staff have had babies, and one is leaving. We had a collection for the girl who had the baby and I gave a fiver. I like her alot and she did actually give birth, an unpleasant experience I am led to believe.

I gave £2 to the guy who is leaving and instantly felt mean. I like him too, but he didn't go through the pain of childbirth, doesn't have to spend every spare penny on nappies, and is probably getting a hefty payrise at his new job.

The other baby was born to a guy in the office. He is neither leaving, nor went though the pain of childbirth, but WILL have to buy nappies. What should I give to him?

It's difficult being a modern woman in the working world. I should be at home baking cookies, hoovering, and encouraging Junior to practice the piano.


Blogger Christian Briddon said...

Having been in the position of neither leaving work nor going though the pain of childbirth, but haveing to buy nappies, I think you should give generously. :-)

Victoria says that childbirth is not all that bad and you have to think of the poor old dad.

You take a couple of week holiday to be with your wife and new baby (I say holiday as paternity pay is about £100 per week so who can afford to take it) and then you have to go back to work and leave your little bundle of joy at home. It's a heartbreaker I can tell you.

Nobody ever thinks of daddy (sniffle).

8:54 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I take an equal amount of money from each collection that comes my way at work.

2:34 PM  
Blogger rach said...

now thats a GOOD idea

12:39 PM  

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