Q: My company sent a form for me to fill out and return. Because the return envelope had no postage, I ignored it. Six weeks later, I received a second notice. This time I sent the form back with a note: “You owe me 37 cents postage.” I was trying to make a point that if a company wants employees to return a form, it should provide postage. Later, I received an envelope containing a copy of my form, and a quarter, a dime, and two pennies, with no note of explanation. I suspect they didn’t get my point.
A: They understood your point precisely. An important part of getting along at work is to pick your battles carefully. Is a 37-cent stamp work making a stand over? Probably not. By answering the form right away and dropping it in your company’s interoffice mail, you could have resolved the situation with a lot less aggravation to yourself.