That’ll Be Cash Thank You

Andrea Freedman

This post is a short note wishing you all plentiful holiday cash bonuses because let’s face it, there is really no better or more useful gift.

In case any of you bosses out there are wondering what to get your assistant or staff member, here’s a little hint for you: You can never go wrong with cash. Let’s not pretend.

While it may be well-intended, it is so awkward if a boss tells a member of his or her staff to let them know if there is anything in particular they want for Christmas on any given year. There were times when I wished I had the courage to say “Whatever you were planning on spending, please just give me that in cash.”

Some people working for large companies are fortunate enough to count on a bonus; others, however, only receive small tokens which do not amount to much after tax is taken off and are not necessarily awarded in time for Christmas shopping.

There have been times during my working years where I was informed that the company I was working for would not be giving bonuses on a particularly difficult year financially.

While bonuses are not mandatory, being told that you will not be receiving one is deflating and de-motivating nonetheless. Employers’ success is often due in large part to the hard work of their employees. The least a boss can do in that situation is take some cash out of his or her own pocket; no matter their protestations that they too will not be getting a bonus or salary increase, I think we all know better.

It is sometimes difficult not to let resentment get the better of us when we hear a boss complaining about their financial hardships on the one hand, while going on about planned vacations and new home or furniture purchases on the other.

It is no secret that bosses generally earn a considerable amount higher in salary so sharing some of the wealth – in cash – does not to me seem so outlandish.

I recall one year when my bonus did not even cover the cost of the gifts I got for my bosses. While we are on that subject, I think it is perfectly fine for employees not to spend their money on gifts for their bosses. While a nice boss is always appreciated, they should not expect presents as affirmation of that.

A gift card to a store a person is working at is not really that much of a gift, forcing the person to put his or her money right back into the business that should really be giving out gifts to be spent or used freely.

We can all use some extra money especially in tough economic times. I think claiming that giving a monetary gift does not show enough thought is a lot of nonsense.

Many people out there experience a great deal of stress during the holidays because of how expensive they can be. A little extra money, while appreciated at any time of year, can come especially in handy during times when what is supposed to be a happy occasion shared with one’s family is often marred by worry over bills.

Here’s wishing you all a Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year and of course a generous bonus and gift – hopefully in cash. And for the employers who plan to put a little extra something in their employees’ stockings, they most likely would feel too uncomfortable to tell you, so don’t even bother asking what they would like most for Christmas this year.♠

Copyright © by Andrea Freedman 2013


About andfreed

I am a Toronto based writer of articles, columns, essays and novels.

Posted on December 13, 2013, in Weekly Thoughts and Observations and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. You are absolutely correct!!


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