Don't gift up

Wondering about gift etiquette at your college?  Alison Green, the manager in Ask a Manager, has some advice.  I agree with the sentiment that you shouldn't gift up.

how can I tell my boss how much I appreciate him?
However, I’d urge you to forego giving your boss anything, unless it’s tradition in your office (but it doesn’t sound like it is). There’s a school of etiquette (to which I subscribe) that says that you don’t give gifts “up” when there’s a power disparity — because it can be awkward or there can be the appearance of obligation or because it can appear kiss-assy.


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