A Weekly Q&A Column About Professionalism, Etiquette and Problems in the Workplace
by Sue Morem
Say "Thanks" for Lost Gift
I recently had a baby boy. One of my senior colleagues sent a gift to
my house that I never received. I learned about it when he inquired if I
had received it since he hadnít heard from me.
Upon investigation I learned the gift was addressed to the wrong
apartment number in my building, but the person who received it never
passed the gift on to me.
Now I am wondering if I should still send a thank you note to my
colleague for sending me the gift and if so, what I should say. Please
advise me as I am really embarrassed about the whole situation.
The situation you described is unfortunate, but you are not at fault.
Now that you found out a gift was sent to you, even though you didnít
receive it, it might make you feel less embarrassed if you acknowledge
it. Write a note to your colleague to let him know there was a mix up in
the delivery and that you didnít receive the gift, but that you
appreciate his thoughtfulness and generosity.
If you havenít already, check with the shipping company to see if
there is any recourse. In addition, if you think someone else has the
gift intended for you, speak with that person, explain the mix up, and
maybe you can get the gift back. Good luck.
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