Be sure to mind your etiquette when asking co-workers to contribute to a birthday gift for the boss, buy Girl Scout cookies or make a contribution to your favorite charity.
BY DIANE STAFFORD
Knight Ridder News Service
Asking co-workers for money -- whether to help pay for a colleague's birthday cake, buy Girl Scout cookies or contribute to a charity -- can be a workplace minefield.
If you don't want well-meaning appeals to cause a blowup, here are some things to consider.
When the boss is the beggar, no matter how worthy the cause, most workers will feel extra compulsion to give.
Some employees will pony up reluctantly. Some will, right or wrong, think their contributions affect how the boss perceives them overall."