Wednesday, December 03, 2008

"Local Employers Have Varying Holiday Bonus Plans"

After reading the headline, I have to say, so what?

SAN ANTONIO -- One of San Antonio's largest employers is having trouble filling its employees' stocking with holiday bonuses.

"When you take a $6 million hit to your bottom line, obviously some things have to give," said Northside Independent School District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez.


Some of the city's other large employers have varying availability of holiday bonuses. A spokesman with Valero said the company doesn't give holiday bonuses, USAA employees receive two additional weeks of pay as a bonus and H-E-B wouldn't reveal if its provides bonuses. Rackspace, an Internet hosting company, doesn't provide holiday bonuses, but does award performance-based bonuses every quarter, according to a company spokeswoman.

(from KSAT-12)

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure plenty of employees might be sad if their Christmas bonuses didn't materialize like they expected, but is this really newsworthy? How many people really care how much a whole city full of strangers make -- or don't make -- as a Christmas bonus?

For the record, I get no Christmas bonuses, but I couldn't care less if someone else does.


Dave said...

A bonus is just that; something above and beyond what you are expecting.

After close to 21 years in the military where they can't really fire you unless you were to be a mass murder, fat, or gay (what's wrong with this picture?), I entered the real world of work with immediate success.

Then after several years, I was laid off when the company ended operations in SA.

For the first time in my adult life I found myself doing odd jobs to make ends meet while trying to get back into my profession and standard of living.

Three years later, I am thankful for every day that I go to work in an air conditioned office and can only shake my head in disbelief when I hear people bitch about the most trivial things.

Christmas bonus. Christmas bonus? They have got to be kidding.

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AlanDP said...

I've never had a job that had a regular Christmas bonus. I once had a job that had a quarterly performance-based bonus; unfortunately it wasn't based on my performance (as a technician) but on the performance of the sales department.

I did't get a year-end bonus last year "because it rained too much and people didn't use enough water." I don't know what excuse they'll use this year, but it will probably have something to do with CEOs and ivory back-scratchers.