17 July 2006

Kickbacks & 100th Post!

First things first, this is my 100th post, never before would I have imagined I could write so much useless shite. unlike some other bloggers however I will not post my landmark post just about the fact it is my 100th post, I will write a bit about my office life.

One of the perks of my job is that I do get occasional perks when dealing with my suppliers.
Last week I got a box of quality street, a big one at that, next week im expecting chocolates and champagne. Personally I don't see anything wrong with this, it doesn't change my opinion or decision making, but it is nice to know that suppliers are willing to go that extra length to get on your good side.

However there is a downside, in office life there is always that level of competitiveness and sniping that comes with the office culture being dominated by psychopaths. I personally tend to avoid this, I fly on the straight and narrow, im honest with people, and it doesn't always work in my favour.
Unfortunately it doesn't stop people picking up on the gifts I receive, and spreading the word that I receive kickbacks. I think this is not only the wrong term, but a much dirtier term for the gifts I receive. I would class a kickback as a large gift that I received for choosing a supplier, them wining a bid, getting money, and giving me a cut of that. I don't see how a box of roses or similar will make me change a decision that would cost the company money, especially when I try to keep up an effective reputation to increase my pay packet.

What would your opinion be from the outside looking in?


Ellie said...

You are kidding, right? A box of chocolates = a kickback? No way. Not in a million years. If that's considered a kickback then what would Boy on Top's trip to Berlin for the World Cup final be considered? Please eat the chocolate & drink the champagne guilt free. And tell the jealous bastards with whom you work to get a life.

Oli said...

I'll try that =p

And if they comlain il say a cute swinger chick told me to say it, that'l shut em up.

Sanjay said...

Hi Oli, loved your comment on Scott Adams' blog today, and couldn't help clicking on the link in there. You say you like perks! Ever listened to an audiobook? We're launching a UK "Netflix" style service in a few weeks and I'd love to get your feedback - I can put you on a free trial at the outset. Let me know if you're interested.

Just email sanjay at simplyaudiobooks.com. Or comment on my own blog at blog.simplyaudiobooks.com if you can find anything interesting amidst the blather.

Ellie said...


Anonymous said...

do you get the gift before or after you decide who gets the contract?

If its before or you know you will get a gift then technically its a kickback. even if its only a box of chocs.

however having worked in offices, i would say sod them all and take the choclates. Very little rewards generally coming from the place you work.

Oli said...

Before, but in all fairness I screwed them, refused the new service and knocked 50% off the rates they charged us.