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Q. I work in a small company that has a very fine maintenance staff headed by an excellent leader. He sees to our every need almost before we realize it's lacking and is so outstanding we all thank him constantly. In fact, every Christmas everyone in our department pitches in voluntarily to give him a gift from all of us. Last week at a board meeting, our manager stood up and publicly thanked everyone in the department for each of their contributions and he didn't even mention this man in charge of maintenance who has such dedication to his job. Is it out of line for us to send a memo to our boss to remind him of this or will we get into trouble?

Ans. Your manager is the boss so he gets to make the final decision about who gets compliments in his reports. But you may send one memo, signed by all of you, noting the hard and wonderful work your maintenance staff does headed by that man and hoping that he will be mentioned in a future report to the board. Whether or not that changes things, you will have made a caring gesture. The chance of negative repercussions is minimized when all of you sign it.

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