The Reluctant Sugar Mama

Dear Cubicle Coach: Sure, I enjoy cake in the afternoon, but do I have to pitch in for every coworker's birthday, even the people I'd never talk to outside the office?

Dear Sugar Mama: In this penny-pinching, efficiency-conscious era, the expensed birthday cake has fallen by the wayside, along with pension plans, free holiday turkeys, and, in one office where the Coach used to work, pens. (But, damn it, I drew the line at printing out on both sides of the copy paper!) Show your face from time to time out of respect for your fellow working stiffs--you don't want to be known as the office misanthrope. And pitch in for the ones you really consider pals--or at least trusted colleagues--and when you know they're springing for the primo Italian bakery and not the local Stop & Shop. That said, I also believe in honor. No dough, no cake.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More from Marie Claire:
Career
Share
Meet Gwynne Shotwell, the Woman Who Could Take Us to Mars
Career
Share
Should I Hide My Office Romance?
Career
Share
Apple Is Hiring 50+ Work from Home Positions Right Now
Career
Share
Meet Meteorologist Kait Parker: The Woman Debunking Fake News Surrounding Climate Change
GIF
Career
Share
Words of Wisdom: Marie Claire Editors Share the Best Career Advice They've Ever Received
Career
Share
How Randi Zuckerberg Is Teaching Girls in Tech to Dream Big
Created for Activia
Career
Share
What Do I Do If I'm So Overwhelmed with Work I Can't See Straight?
Career
Share
6 Rules for Work-Life Balance from a Real-Life #GirlBoss
Created for Activia
Career
Share
How This Powerhouse Turned Her Fashion Styling Business into an Empire
Created for Activia
Jimmy Fallon and Jennifer Lawrence | ELLE UK
Career
Share
Study Reveals What We Already Knew: Women Get Harder Job Interviews