Well, it sorta makes up for the other crap we deal with throughout the year. Small firm --less than 20 people -- but the drama sometimes is impossible. The owner tries but to no avail to alleviate the drama. We do all like working for her so we deal.
I wouldn't work for a company that didn't show "some" appreciation. I don't care if it's around the holidays but sometime. And the food and $$$$ is nice. And, oh yeah, we have the 24th of December to January 2nd off with pay.
My company says work harder with less hours. We used to get two 15% off coupons for thanksgiving and christmas each (work in grocery retail), but this year its 10% once at thanksgiving and none for christmas they said. No Bonus, no extra hours really...and still understaff us.
But say on the coupon here is your reward for your dedication and hard work....right...*blows raspberry*
Last year, my employer fired workers for being online and shopping on Cyber Monday when they should have been working. I hope they do the same thing this year. Why do people expect to be paid for shopping ?
I just read an article about employers firing staff for shopping during working hours on Cyber Monday. The percentage of workers shopping online that day is high - not a smart idea for someone wanting employment.
Beware people ... they have knowledge of where you are online without physically seeing you.
I'm a teacher. Our district is great, but doesn't really give gifts because of the budget. I do, however, get gifts from some students. Last year, I got about $150 worth of gift cards and an assortment of other gifts. The best, of course, were sincere notes of thanks from parents.
Heck I was injured on the job about 10 years ago. They paid me to answer phones rather than sit at home, plus my boss told me it was alright to play online poker as long as if I won I paid for lunch. My 1st week I cleared $1500, so pizza for everyone was on me ! I wonder how many people shopping while at work are the same people expected to be available 24/7 by cellphone (basically working on their off hours). So many companies never look at it that way.
My company doesn't do a whole lot, but it sounds like it's better than some. One of my favorite things is the Christmas party for employee children and grandchildren. I was surprised at how generous the free gifts were. My son got a present that normally retails for over $30. Plus he got pictures with Santa, snacks and a goody bag of party favors. For me, I got a decent thermos with the company logo and my direct supervisors gave us picture frames, little candy bags and assorted thing like that. We also get options to work overtime at twice or more our usual pay depending on the hours. I went in early last year on Christmas Day before the household was awake, sat and did hardly anything for a few hours and got a nice addition to my pay check.
My company is multinational, and has traditionally not given any gifts to the employees. However, every year they have a Christmas party. However, when the recession hit, the employees complained about this, and the company decided to take the money normally given to us in form of some sort of dinner and give them to a needy cause instead. This year, we're donating $75K to Habitat for Humanity.
Don't worry about us employees, we have a potluck lunch every year :)
My husband's company used to give a nice dinner/casino/dance evening and a cash bonus. Recently,they get some bagged nuts and a donation made out to The Human Fund (not really; but some other charity). Oh well,it's the thought that counts :)