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Who gets to solicit for charity at work, and who doesn’t?

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Q: “Our boss frequently requests contributions for a charitable group that she supports. Is this acceptable management behavior?” Feeling Harassed

A: “No, managers should never personally solicit money from employees, even for a worthy cause. Because of the power differential, people may feel compelled to contribute, even if they prefer not to.

“If you have a helpful human resources department, consider asking the HR manager to have a chat with your civic-minded supervisor. But if that’s not an option, simply smile and say “I’m not able to give anything at this time, but I certainly admire you for supporting such a worthwhile organization.”

Asking employees to support your personal causes is completely inappropriate. Here are twelve more things that managers should never do: How to Be a Lousy Leader.

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