Oh, here we go again, a bridal shower at work for yet another wedding that 99% of the staff is not invited to!
This is the 3rd or 4th in a few years and I am wondering when everyone is going to catch on that this is just not right.
I am opting out and taking a day of vacation on the day of the shower for the bride who can barely find two words to utter to me during the work day now I am expected to cough up some hard earned cash to buy her a gift…sorry but
I will not be intimidated into this again.
Sincerely, Your co-workers 0107-11
Some brides need to develop a profound aversion to being feted with showers attended by people they have no interest in socializing with either at work or outside of work or having as guests to their wedding. The obligatory workplace shower, where everyone feels this compulsion to shower their soon-to-be-wed co-worker with gifts simply because they happen to share a cubicle farm with her, should go the way of the dinosaur and be relegated to private functions outside of work.
Have a need to honor a co-worker’s impending nuptials? Bring cupcakes or some delectable, shareable treat to work in “honor” of the bride and leave it at that. Do not become the vehicle of her avarice by driving her down the road to greedy presumptions that her co-workers somehow owe her gifts even though their presence at her wedding is not so dearly coveted. Bring your own gift and give it privately.