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Friday 14th December, 2007 posted by City Girl
City GirlTis the season to be jolly – nice, that is – and with the bonus announcement day looming, everybody in my office is positively oozing with ­niceness. To the point where I've contemplated telling a couple of poor performers in my team that their fawning, which is starting to irritate, is actually a waste of time.

On instructions from my boss, I've already allocated them an extra meagre slice of the bonus pie – in the hope that they get the message and leave. This would save me the monotony­ of having to "manage them out" next year through the "poor performance monitoring process". So no amount of offering to get my lunch or take my gear to the dry cleaners is going to make a blind bit of difference.

They may as well concentrate their efforts on what they do best, which is back-stabbing, shirking and limbering up for the biggest f


Friday 7th December, 2007 posted by City Girl
City GirlEvery year it's the same. In the run-up to Christmas the office looks like an Aladdin's cave of goodies that just keep coming. Yes, it's Christmas "treat time", courtesy of the ­clients, where they reward us for all the hard work (yeah, right) that's gone into squeezing, and in some cases just ­massaging, their portfolios.

Already this week I've ­received a truckload of wine cases from a variety of ­family-owned vineyards, an ­envelope stuffed with Selfridges vouchers, a ­couple of Harrods hampers and a diamond bracelet. Shame they were delivered to the office though, as the vigilant compliance manager ­immediately declared them "gifts" and subjected them to the bank's ­"corporate governance policy". Anything valued at more than £100 must go back.

But some treats are priceless, particularly one I received from a wealthy Eastern


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