Contraband Gift Card


[Sorry Dharma Followers! Due to Technical issues, by which I mean Dharma don’t know computers good, this is likely a repost for most of you!]

Dear Dharma,

 I am an account representative for an advertising firm. One of our clients, whom I work regularly with, gifted me a gift card for Christmas. Ethically, am I required to report this to my boss?
Work Ethics

Dear Ethics,

Before I can answer you, I need to know – where’s the card from?  Is it for the spa??  Or my favorite restaurant?  My answer is dependent on knowing!

Nah, I’m just kidding.  It doesn’t matter where the card is from.   Cuz you probably have to tell someone about it either way.  I know, right?

Most companies have HR policies around this type of thing, so that would be the first place I would check.  Policies like this are put into place to avoid any potential conflict of interest, or at least the appearance of.

If you work for a smaller company and don’t have reference material like this available to you, then just ask your boss. Being that it even occurred to you to ask a question like this (as opposed to just palming the card into your back pocket and moving on), then I’m going to guess you’re the type of person who would be bothered by doing the “wrong” thing, and I don’t want you to lose sleep over this.  So just ask your boss.  You’ll get the clarification you need and fingers crossed you get to keep it.

Especially if it’s for my – I mean your – favorite restaurant!


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