By peevedemployee - 25/12/2013 06:38 - United States
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I don't really think people believe they are entitled to more, however I do think that a lot of people depend on their bonus for Christmas gifts for their family. I also know that at jobs where I was given a bonus, I loved working there because I was shown appreciation for working my butt off! Also, if they can afford customized lunch boxes, they can afford even a small bonus for their employees.
Like BubbleGrunge already said, many people actually need that money. But there is more to this. You can be sure that company managers know that their employees are hoping for a christmas bonus. And taking into consideration that many thriving companies demand more and more from there employees (millions of hours of unpayed overtime each year, high mobility, crazy work times, ...), the hope to get something extra in return for one time each year is not baseless or too far-fetched I think. And when your company THEN gives you a cheap lunchbox, bought for a couple of cents in China, it actually feels like a slap in the face. Especially when the company managers have no problem to raise their own bonuses each year.
Or they could have at least let people know their bonuses were going to be a pile of bullshit so they didn't rely on the expected cash flow for family events/presents/etc... Not telling them/being upfront is a dick move. Also, lunch boxes is just a slap in the face. I swear if I was expecting a bonus and they unveiled a lunch box, I would just decline and tell them it's just disrespectful to assume that I would appreciate something so mediocre and pathetic and accept it as if it was a decent "bonus"