So, I'd been kind of hush-hush about my engagement and didn't really tell a whole lot of people at work. Not because I didn't want anyone to know, but because I'm not really much for being in the spotlight, nor am I really one to call attention to myself. And besides, this is an office setting, not a social club. So, while a couple of the coworkers I'm closest to know, I'd only been telling others when they noticed the ring (I work in an office full of men. Most of them hadn't noticed, haha!).
Well, somehow, the cat was let out of the bag -- someone told someone else, who told my manager, and he circulated a card that almost everyone signed. Inside this very nice card was a gift card to a fancy, expensive restaurant in our area.
My question is... well... how do I send a thank you to like, 30 people? Typically I'd never DREAM of sending a "thank you" email
, but it seems impractical to write an actual card to every single person (especially when I am not sure if they all contributed to the gift card or if it was just a gift from the office, purchased by my manager). What is protocol here? Should I thank each person verbally?
In the past when we've done cards/gifts for other people's big occasions (weddings, babies, etc.), we either didn't get thank yous or the thank you was directed just at the office staff (myself, my supervisor, and my manager) who are typically the facilitators of the card circulation. Is that the right thing to do or were the other people missing the mark?
HELP. Please and thank you!