Thursday, December 08, 2005

The collection plate...

If any of you has worked in a small department or small company before you have probably experienced the departing person collection plate. You know the one, the leaving card does the rounds and everyone chucks in five bucks to send the person on their merry way to a new job (probably with more money too).

In most places where I have worked the collection plate hasn't circulated too often as the workforce has been quite stable, but lately at work the collection plate has done the rounds about 5 or 6 times in the last 3 months. I deal with it cos it is the way things are...

But yesterday marked a change in the way things are... Someone was having a birthday and the collection plate was circulated for them. Isn't this getting a little out of hand? When you have around up to thirty people circulating through the office, if the collection plate comes out for all of them it starts to be a bit costly.

It is all well and good to say to not put money into the pot but there seems to be a certain expectation that if other people put some in, then all should.

Is there some unofficial guidelines to the office collection plate someone knows about somewhere?

This may sound a little bah humbug, especially this close to christmas, but I had to have my little rant.


Tom said...

I know where you are coming from. This year we've turned over about 15 personnel. That collection plate came around pretty often.

Except when it was one of our IT team, we got shafted by the cheapskates on the other side of our office, whereas our team often contributed fairly to the collection plate.

I can only hope when I leave that people will contribute fairly to my leaving do :)

Craig said...

Funny you say that, the birthday collection was for someone in the admin department. Seems like they may have been spruiking for one of their own.

Last week there was a birthday for someone in IT and no collection plate was passed around.