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Internet slams boss who said ‘patting on the back’ is ‘more’ than a bonus

The internet has slammed a boss who told an employee via email that a “pat on the back” was worth “more” than financial compensation.

A screenshot of the email was shared on Reddit’s “Antiwork” forum on Wednesday by u/Beebjank, the employee, who said he received the email in response to a bonus request. The post garnered more than 27,000 upvotes and more than 1,800 comments from angry Redditors, many of whom argued that the employer’s email proves they don’t like their employees.

In his article, u/Beebjank explained that “after working overtime for a [of] the five biggest events of [his] condition,” his boss emailed the entire team, thanking them for their hard work.

“To all who have worked [redacted] this year, including those who worked extra shifts to help with coverage [,] Thank you very much to all. Collectively, you’ve been scorched by the wind, it’s been raining, you’ve been cold, your feet hurt, you’ve worked long hours, you’ve been sleep deprived, and your personal vehicle has been hit by an alligator,” reads -on in the email.

The internet slammed a boss who said a “pat on the back” was worth “more” than a bonus. Many commentators have argued that saying employees are valued without proper compensation means nothing.
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“Everyone’s efforts were, and are, greatly appreciated. We had a successful [redacted] and the opening of a gallery through these efforts,” the email concluded.

In response to the email, u/Beebjank replied, “Does that mean we get a bonus?”

About 45 minutes later, his boss replied, “A pat on the back is worth more than any monetary raise.”

However, some experts may disagree.

In 2020, Harvard Business Review (HBR) encouraged employers to distribute one-time bonuses – bonuses paid “on the spot” for a “specific behavior, action, or result” – because they can help employees feel “more satisfied”.

HBR added that one-time bonuses “can improve team performance” and give companies the opportunity to “demonstrate” their priorities.

Speaking to the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Lauren Sejen, Watson Wyatt practice director for strategic rewards, said one-time bonuses are “one of the most underutilized forms of rewards, given how employees react to it”.

John Dantico, HR Group Director, added that spot bonuses are a “great tool” that “should be used often”.

Commentators agreed that, given everything they knew about u/Beebjank’s situation, his boss should have handed out bonuses. Not doing so, they argued, proves he doesn’t really appreciate his employees.

“When they say they ‘like you,’ but don’t give you any compensation, then they don’t even like you,” u/DweEbLez0 wrote.

“They obviously don’t like you there and just see you as workhorses they can beat,” u/manspider14 said.

“F**k your pat on the back, man. Just saying ‘your efforts are appreciated’ does nothing,” u/toudoumtoudoum added.

u/Beebjank said Newsweek that he has had no further discussions with his boss about the bonus, but plans to talk to him about it soon.

“I haven’t had a raise in two years, so that’s something I’d like to discuss. I’d like to get my colleagues together to collectively try to get a raise, like it used to work,” he said. -he declares.

It turns out that u/Beebjank’s post isn’t the first from “Antiwork” to spark outrage from online commenters.

Last month, Redditors encouraged a woman to look for a new job, after her son took to the forum to share that his job was ‘in jeopardy’ for taking time off to care for him after surgery. ’emergency. Angry commenters have also accused a company of ‘stealing’ employees’ wages after a sign reading ‘Late NO Tipping’ went viral on the forum.

Last week, commentators criticized a boss’s response to the death of his employee’s mother.

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