That a nice thing! Well, two things!
I’m a nurse in a hospital. I think we have about 600 employees on any given day, but nurses just work 3 days a week. We have other, M-F, 9-5 staff, weekend staff, nights, etc.
I’ve been with my company for 17 years. For most of those years we got a $25.00 gift card for a grocery store. That quietly disappeared a few years ago and they have tried a few different things since then.
My company is wildly profitable, but also kind cheap. To be fair, though, our employees are often very petty and hard to please. I have so many coworkers who complain about everything and can never be made happy.
Free pizza from the boss on a busy day? Instead of thanking the boss, they complain that they don’t like pizza, or don’t like that kind of pizza, and wish the boss had given us sandwiches, etc. The cafeteria is open. If you don’t like the free lunch you can go buy your lunch (or eat your packed lunch) like you were going to do anyway.
I think if anyone gives me something, the proper response is ‘Thank you,’ and not ‘It’s not good enough’ or ‘I don’t like it.’
Anyway, we got a free meal in the cafeteria this year (and last year). The cafeteria only cooked this one meal that day. It was a steak and shrimp meal that they charged us for but then credited our accounts for the price of the meal. The meal was available for sale to the public, too, for $10.00, but we got it for $5.00 (for which we were reimbursed). Anyone who missed this meal still gets a $5 cafeteria credit for use a a later date.
Gah- the complaints. Some folks don’t like shrimp (or have an allergy). Some don’t like steak for a multitude of reasons. Some didn’t like the sides. Some didn’t like the price. Some don’t like to pay for their meals with their badges (which gives you a 30% discount on a normal day and takes the money from your paycheck, but got you a free meal this day). Some think their holiday gift from the company is $5 and are insulted.
I dunno. I don’t care. I enjoyed the meal. Whatever.
Three years ago, the company gave everyone either a ham or a turkey. They asked everyone to choose which one they wanted so they could order them. I requested a turkey, which I received and took home and cooked and enjoyed.
One problem with the ham/turkey give-away was that there was not enough room in the various fridges in the place to store them all, so the whole place was over-stuffed with hams and turkeys for a week or so (remember, most of us just work 3 days a week so can be off campus for quite some time).
Another problem was that it seems some folks took other folks ham or turkey, or a ham instead of a turkey, or a ham and a turkey, or whatever, in the messy confusion. It also seems some folks took more than one, so others lost theirs. Others gave theirs away or left theirs behind. It was just a messy mess.
Two years ago was a disaster. They put up a ‘gift tree.’ You would sign in, pull a card off the tree and open the card to see what you had won. Most of the prizes were a pecan or pumpkin pie, but some prizes were big- like an iPad or laptop, or something more moderate like a bath set. Many pie winners were upset that they didn’t get a better prize. Many pies were handed off to others or thrown away because the winner didn’t like the pie for whatever reason. I heard a lot of grousing about this; that it was cheap, unfair, etc.
Personally, I think the company should go back to the grocery store gift cards. There is too much emotion in food and prizes. Plus, I often regifted my card to a tech or a secretary, one of the lower paid folks in our totem pole who really make the place run well. They don’t get paid much and I am comfortable. Regifting my card often got helped them a lot and me some nice good will from my coworkers.