Q: My 55 year old husband was asked by his 25 year old secretary to visit her in the hospital after the birth of her child. Is this proper for a boss to visit his secretary with other work colleagues if she is in her hospital bed, in her nightie, just because she asked them to visit? Wouldn’t flowers and balloons suffice?
A: Flowers and balloons of course are festive, and in some offices the protocol is such that personal visits of any kind are not made, but if the office staff is close and less formal, and the person who has a child is extremely excited and wanting to share the wonder of it all, there is nothing wrong with the colleagues and even one’s boss visiting. You will find that people who have just had children want to share the joy of it with the world and often don’t think about protocol!