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Employees feel burden of gifts for co-workers’ celebrations

Eight out of 10 office workers feel they are obliged to give cash gifts or condolence money for their co-workers’ celebratory occasions and funerals, according to a survey by recruitment portal site Job Korea. The amount spent per occasion was 76,280 won ($73) on average.

While more than 85 percent of respondents said they were burdened or extremely burdened with the customary cash gifts, only 0.5 percent responded that it wasn’t burdensome.

So why pay? About 40 percent reasoned that they have to pay in order to receive their own cash gifts in the future, while almost 31 percent said they feel obliged to pay because of their relationship with the co-worker. People said they felt most burdened by weddings (65.9 percent), followed by funerals (48.7 percent) and dol [a baby’s first birthday] (33.9 percent).

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