Thursday, December 25, 2008

Evolution of the Christmas Bonus

It used to be that business owners would give gifts to all of their employees as a sign of gratitude for all the hard work they have done for the year that passed. This was the origin of the "Christmas bonus". What happened and how come it is what it is now?

An owner of a small manufacturing company, Mr.X was a generous person. His business was doing well and profits were growing steadily. One Christmas, he decided to share the company's blessings to all of his employees.

start blogging hamHe gave them ham for Christmas. Since then, it became a yearly tradition. The employees were all very much grateful and delighted. The ham was a symbol of their pride. They felt they were vital to the company's success.

A few years have past, the employees slowly got sick of always receiving ham for Christmas. Some say they didn't like to eat ham. Some say the brand of ham given was not the best. They started complaining. Mr.X heard about it and did something to remedy the situation.

start blogging food basketHe gave them food baskets for Christmas. Since then, it became a yearly tradition. The employees were all very grateful and delighted. The food basket was a symbol of their influence. They felt their voice was being heard.

A few years have past, the employees slowly got sick of always receiving food baskets for Christmas. Some say they didn't like to eat too much while some say it was still not enough. Some say they didn't want to receive food as a gift. They started complaining. Mr.X heard about it and did something to remedy the situation.

start blogging giftsHe gave them gift baskets for Christmas. Since then, it became a yearly tradition. The employees were all grateful and delighted. The gift basket was a symbol of their triumph. They felt their will is being followed.

A few years have past, the employees slowly got sick of always receiving gift baskets for Christmas. Some say they didn't like to carry the heavy gift baskets, while some say the gifts were still not enough. Some said they wanted to choose which gift they want to receive. They started complaining. Mr.X heard about it and did something to remedy the situation.

start blogging voucherHe gave them a gift vouchers for Christmas. Since then, it became a yearly tradition. The employees were somewhat grateful and delighted. The gift voucher was a symbol of privilege. They felt it was only proper for them to be rewarded every year with what they really want.

Do you know what happened next? Some employees didn't like the store whey they got the gift voucher from! Some said the store was too expensive while some said it was too cheap. They started complaining. Mr.X heard about it and did something to remedy the situation.

start blogging cashHe gave them CASH for Christmas. The cash gift became the employees' symbol of power. They felt that it was their right to receive the cash gift every year.

Since then, the Christmas bonus was not treated as a thank you from Mr.X. Rather, it was just that extra money the employees receive by the end of the year.

Note: This is a fiction piece. If ever you find anything with a similar theme, please do share it with me.

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