“My co-workers were angry I didn’t buy them Easter eggs – they need to grow up”

A boss turned to Mumsnet for advice on whether or not she should feel guilty for not buying her team Easter eggs as she was only recently promoted to the role

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A manager has been slammed for not buying her employees Easter eggs – but she says they need to ‘grow up’

In a post on mom netThe anonymous woman explained that she has just been promoted to a position where she manages six people and has received a slight pay rise to match her new responsibilities.

However, she was unaware that her new title meant she was expected to give gifts to her employees.

She wrote: “I recently got a promotion at work and am now managing 6 others.

Previous managers had given Easter eggs to employees


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“Also, I’ve only been in this role for 2 weeks so I haven’t even received my first payslip yet.

“However, I received several comments from my team this week about Easter eggs…indicating that other managers have bought their employees one and when I will do the same.”

“Some of those comments came across as really sarcastic and I felt pretty bad for not buying one! It hadn’t even crossed my mind and money is tight at the best of times.”

She concluded her post by asking if the staff needed to “grow up” or if she “should go to the stores now and try to buy something,” and they quickly shared her opinion.

One person said: “I have never received an Easter egg from a line manager or another colleague. I would think they were slightly pissed.

Another wrote: “You need to grow up. I lead a team and picked up some Easter cakes from the office this week, but nobody would have commented or cared if I hadn’t.

“I’ve never bought an Easter egg from a manager (as far as I can remember). Congratulations on your promotion.”

A third commented: “You are weird and childish.”

But others thought she was wrong and the gifts would have been a nice surprise, as one group member wrote: “I bought my team chocolates £1 each in Tesco. Everyone wants to feel valued.”

“If the corporate culture is for managers to buy their team an egg, then you’re being a little unreasonable,” said another. “The goodwill you get for spending £6-10 on a couple of eggs could well be worth it. (I know this isn’t for you… but I still think it’s worth it.)”

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