When Ms. N completed her internship with a reputed MNC, she wanted to buy some gifts for her boss. But there was a catch. She wasn’t too sure whether her gift would be misunderstood as a bribe for a possible job in that company. But if she did not gift her boss something, she would be missing out on a great opportunity to thank him. Most employees are caught in such a Catch-22 situation indeed.
There is also another dimension to this problem. What if the boss does not like the gift? And what if the gift is inappropriate? What if the act of gifting results in undesirable and embarrassing results?