Office etiquette - gift to ex boss?

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Office etiquette - gift to ex boss?

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I'm working for a Megacorp and I recently change the department. I had a very positive experience with my ex boss and would like to show some sign of appreciation. Would a restaurant gift card or a bottle of good wine make sense? Modern HR practices are super weird so I do not want to get into troubles because of that :annoyed
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A warm conversation, where you describe the sentiment that prompted this thread, will be more appreciated. A gift, IMO, would be awkward.
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I bet that a nice, hand-written, note expressing you appreciation for his/her help and guidance would be very much appreciated.
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Anything more than a note or card to a current or former manager/superior can make for an awkward situation. You want to keep the focus on the business relationship.
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Pomegranate wrote: Sun Oct 13, 2019 6:17 pm I'm working for a Megacorp and I recently change the department. I had a very positive experience with my ex boss and would like to show some sign of appreciation. Would a restaurant gift card or a bottle of good wine make sense? Modern HR practices are super weird so I do not want to get into troubles because of that :annoyed
Wine or a gift card as a thank you is the way to go. No HR issues.
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If the boss retired, no problem. If the boss is still working at the company, gifts are a no-no.
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stop by, shake their hand, and express your appreciation for their support.

most people at a megacorp would think that one should not go beyond that (the above) in the workplace.
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I like a letter or note now and a gift at retirement(the retirement of your ex boss)
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A verbal thank you, or a handwritten note is the most you should do,at least in the US business culture.

I would be very embarrassed by an employee who was leaving giving me a gift.

I do understand that this can be different in other cultures, but I assume you are asking about the US.
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Why not a lunch together and you take the tab
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I love the idea of a handwritten note. Those are not the norm, but are totally acceptable, these days.

I've had drinks w/ my ex-boss. I would totally get him a bottle of wine. That said, our relationship would make that not awkward. Totally depends on how your relationship is w/ yours.
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