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Water Bottle - you should get a kick out of this...


Okay, I haven't brought this to the attention of LP yet, but I thought you all might get a laugh out of this, and I welcome your comments as well, as many of my colleagues are perplexed to say the least.

Our company has it's annual holiday lunch in the beginning-to-middle of December. At this lunch, the president gets up and does his usual rant on how we made so much more money this year than we ever had, thanks to your hard work, blah blah blah. You know the same old B.S. Now, we haven't had bonuses in nearly 10 years, and I have never "expected" such a thing. At these luncheons, the company gives their token gift, like a mug or sweatshirt with the company logo on it, etc., and this year was to be no different. The speculation was killing us, and many of us had said maybe they will give us a gold-plated paper clip or something like that. Well, lo and behold, they went lower than I could have imagined....they gave us a water bottle. That's right...a 35-cent logo'd water bottle. I know how much these things cost, as I am also in the customized poker chip biz, and know how much it costs to make such items.

Now, is it me, or is that a complete bag over the head, punch in the face that you've ever heard of? You get praised for hard work, busting your ass and making tons of money for the company, yet, they spend a total of $200 maybe for the trinkets they gave us? Now, personally, I would rather get NOTHING, not even the lunch - which is a nice gesture - than have something like this happen. What did they expect us to do? Jump up and down? Even my boss grumbled "cheap bastards" as he got his. Who could possibly have thought this was a good idea? Obviously more than one person had to think "you know, they are going to love this!". Let me also add that I don't blame the water bottle itself...it didn't ask to be given away. It's a nice water bottle. I've even put some booze punch in it. I like the water bottle. I just think it's a little, how should we say it, "inexpensive" to be handed out as a holiday bonus.

To make matters worse, there are some "select" people in our department and others that get 4 and 5 figure bonuses for their hard work. The funny thing is that these are the same people that dirtbags like me have to clean up after because they are so incompetent. But, they kiss just the right amount of ass, and get what the powers that be think they deserve. It's downright sickening. Again, I never expect a bonus, but I certainly deserve it more than the others, and a water bottle is a slap in the face.

To keep with my rant, I go to an old dive here in town called Vinnie's. It's a raw bar with some of the best waitresses in town (much better than Hooters or the go-go clubs!), incredible food and $1 beer specials every day. There are five locations in greater Charlotte (I know, shameless plug for them, but they are the best - if you are in Charlotte, check it out). Anyway, there is one I go to at least twice a week with either my family or the fellas, or both. There is this corporate training company that we have used here for seminars, employee motivation, sexual harrassment training, etc. One of their best trainers comes to the bar all the time. He has a military haircut, from South Carolina and one of funniest and at the same time, most genuine guys you could ever meet. So I'm over there on Saturday night. We have a free night from the kids, there is basketball on, and we just feel like getting out.

I see my old trainer at the bar, and I went up and wished him Merry Christmas and we just got to talking. So I tell him about the water bottle. Now keep in mind, this man is a trained HR professional, who has dealt with my company many times. Let's just say the look on his face was priceless. He was stunned. He was for the first time since I've met him in '95, speechless. When he finally snapped to, he asked me who thought this was a good motivating idea. I told him I didn't know. He said that someone should have just come up to us at the luncheon, and said "Here, here is this bag of sh*t. Thank you for all of your hard work. If you'd like, we could light it on fire for you and you can stomp that out too!".

I about fell out of my seat laughing, but the sad part is, that something like this would happen. I told him to make sure to use that as an example for his next training sessions. He said he would. He will entitle it "How to De-Motivate Your Staff".


Entry #19


konaneComment by konane - December 27, 2006, 9:32 am
You should be a comedy writer for pay!! Sad and true, but the way you wrote everthing put me on the floor!!
cps10Comment by cps10 - December 27, 2006, 9:38 am
Thank you konane! I love writing that is for sure! And I like to use humor to diffuse situations...I think that will help me in the long run when I am at the poker table in the WSOP this year :)
justxploringComment by justxploring - December 27, 2006, 10:29 am
Funny story, but oh so true! Did they at least give you water in it? lol Today we're supposed to be grateful just to have jobs (which I am.)

Here's a story about Direct Deposit. From what I understand, everyone got a $50 gift card to Sharper Image with their paychecks last week. 2 people I work with already got their cards before Christmas.   The gift cards were handed out as a surprise with the checks. I'm trying to figure out how to approach this. I have direct deposit. Duh! (Guess the only way is to go in and ask.)
cps10Comment by cps10 - December 27, 2006, 10:49 am
I guess that would be the best...I hope you get yours!!
emilygComment by emilyg - December 27, 2006, 1:25 pm
hope it was FIJI water
justxploringComment by justxploring - December 27, 2006, 6:15 pm
Agree with Emily. Good stuff. BTW, I got my gift card today. I boldly asked for it! (now what did I do with it?)   cps10, I worked for a company for 21 years. In 1974 they held a meeting in AZ at a golf resort that cost over $150,000 to tell us they were downsizing to save money. Go figure.
justxploringComment by justxploring - December 27, 2006, 6:22 pm
I meant 1994, not 1974 (I'm not THAT old!!)
cps10Comment by cps10 - December 28, 2006, 8:52 am
LOL @ justxploring...I didn't think you were that old. Isn't it amazing how companies will spend money like it's water, yet, they will not give you a bonus or extra vacation time or whatever, but say they are overspending? We have groups of 5 people go to Asia every couple of months at least and they never do anything but sit around over there and spend the dough...makes no sense.
Comment by DoubleDown - December 28, 2006, 12:33 pm
This reminds me of poor Clark Griswold with the jelly of the month club bonus.....
cps10Comment by cps10 - December 28, 2006, 2:22 pm

That's certainly what it felt like!! I was ready to have the president at my house with a big ribbon on his head and tell him was a no good...

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