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Workplace MANAGEMENT AND THE BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS ETIQUETTE


Q: We’re doing a gift exchange in the office. What are appropriate


gifts to buy colleagues?


A: PERHAPS A BETTER QUESTION IS, “what are inappropriate giſts to buy colleagues?” if you’re participating in a Secret Santa, Yankee Swap or any other kind of present exchange at the office this year. (Note: dashboard hula girls rank right up there among unsuitable things to wrap up for coworkers.) According to the Emily Post Institute, steer clear of booze (reserve bottles of wine for neighbours and friends), personal items (think reindeer-printed boxer shorts) and big-ticket buys (expensive pens, for example). Instead, consider baked goods (take allergies into consideration, of course), donations to charities close to the recipient’s heart or giſt cards to local restaurants or hot spots. As for buying for the boss, suggest your department go in on a present as a group. “Have an envelope at your desk for anonymous contributions but let it be known that the amount and even participation is entirely up to the individual.”— Lisa van de Geyn


PROFILE DANCING TO HER OWN TUNE


JENNY DUFFY loves to dance. She’s been doing it since she was three and continued to sauté, jeté and choreograph while studying to become an accountant, which she eventually did. But while she was pursuing a career as an accountant, she realized she wanted to get back to her first passion and establish a name for herself in the dance industry. So in 2010, she started Jenny Duffy Dance Services, which offers “sassy but classy” choreography and consulting. Her business acumen is still in check: not only is she still active within the accounting community (she’s a facilita- tor for CPA Canada), but Duffy does the contracts, sends out invoices, files taxes and does the book- keeping for her studio on top of her choreography and training duties. “The CPA in me loves taking a piece from conception to full execution and seeing it on stage with lights, a cheering audience, costumes, hair and makeup.” — Sadiya Dendar


14 | CPA MAGAZINE | DECEMBER 2015


Illustration: Maurice Vellekoop


Photo: Courtesy of Jennifer Duffy


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