I think it's part of the communal aspect of work and appreciating the events in people's lives," says Laura Hendrix, a committee staff administrator in Frankfort, Ky. "Plus, it's kind of nice when you are the recipient!"
"I don't mind being asked to look at catalogs, etc.," says Hendrix
, a mother of two."I know it gets tiresome for some people, so I usually just put things on our electronic bulletin board at work and let people approach me if they want to purchase."
Passing the buck when they're passing the hat While many workers are happy to contribute to gifts and donate to fund-raisers, others find it downright annoying.If this is you, you'll need a strategy to weasel out of chipping in without looking like a jerk.