The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Business

February 22, 2013

The Politics of Giving at the Office

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A: Level with me: Are you sweet on your boss? If you're harboring even the teeny-tiniest crush, back away now. The last thing he needs is a puppy-eyed underling or accusations that he's engaging in a little quid pro quo with said underling.

If you just don't want to lose a good leader to burnout, support him by keeping things in your domain running smoothly so he can focus on the bigger picture. Beyond that, a funny card or gag gift mightbe appropriate. But it would probably be best if you and your co-workers all chipped in.

Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers. Miller has written for and edited tax publications for 16 years, most recently for the accounting firm KPMG's Washington National Tax office.

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