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    Wow. Just wow.
    We don't get pay rises unless our award changes.
    We don't get bonuses EVER
    and we pay for our own staff party.

    I'd be so grateful for any kind of bonus especially at this time of year.

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    Even if she didn't like the contents of the hamper she should still have enough manners & professionalism to show some gratitude and say thank you...

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    Exactly, this is the basic premise of gratitude that I am trying to teach my 3yr old, a grown woman should know better.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenmum View Post
    Even if she didn't like the contents of the hamper she should still have enough manners & professionalism to show some gratitude and say thank you...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenmum View Post
    Even if she didn't like the contents of the hamper she should still have enough manners & professionalism to show some gratitude and say thank you...
    This! It is a gift. Be grateful. It is not hard. A person took time, money and put thought into it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    This! It is a gift. Be grateful. It is not hard. A person took time, money and put thought into it.
    I agree be a little grateful.

    However I don't go ga-ga over generic mass produced presents. I go ga-ga over gifts where it is obvious the giver has tailored it to the recipient. In my eyes a home-made voucher for babysitting/a massage it a $20 DVD of my favourite movie re-edited would be worth more than a $200 hamper. Unless the hamper had a lovely bottle of red, some salt and vinegar chips and some lotto or movie tickets. Then the hamper wins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollywood View Post
    What an ungrateful sod of a woman!!! I would nearly have cried if a boss had given me a $2000 bonus on top of a nice hamper!! She was also an idiot for comparing salaries. It's just a fact that different jobs within companies have different pay levels.
    Exactly this
    As a single mum I have just had to shell out 800$ to repair my car and rego it, that $500 to repair was my Christmas money.
    I have had to stretch our food budget and thankfully my mum was able to loan me a little bit of money. If someone gave me a hamper and 2 grand this close to Christmas I would cry

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I'm going to risk being shot here and suggest it's best to not expect a grand reception from a hamper. Unless a hamper contained things I actively used (beer, wine, movie tickets, cabanossi) I wouldn't be terribly excited. I tend to throw those fancy wafer biscuit things out - who eats them. And as for soaps etc my skin is sensitive so they go in the vinnies donation bag.

    Not saying this to be narky - just trying to explain that while it may have been fun to make the hampers it may not be something that floats the employees boat.

    Bonus on the other hand - hell yeah! Awesome!
    Just FYI DH wasn't expecting any great grand reception, but to have not even a thank you, then to start hounding him about wages, crying, tantrum, storming out is just over the top.

    And the hampers weren't generic, mass produced crap either - I went out and chose a few things according to the taste of the girls - for example one girl is dog crazy so I got her a really cool dog book - and the other stuff was a variety, so probably hit and miss - some nice stuff from Lush, a nice candle and then a bottle of wine, ferrero rocher choccies and shortbread biscuits - but all done so it could be regifted if they don't like it.

    I think the point I was trying to get at that even if she hated the gift, having someone put thought and effort into trying to get it right, and giving cash as well, is worth a thank you.

    As some of the ladies mentioned, they teach their children about being polite and that it's the thought that counts etc, so for a grown woman to not even say thank you and then totally ignore my DH all day after having a tanty seems to be just a little ungrateful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I agree be a little grateful.

    However I don't go ga-ga over generic mass produced presents. I go ga-ga over gifts where it is obvious the giver has tailored it to the recipient. In my eyes a home-made voucher for babysitting/a massage it a $20 DVD of my favourite movie re-edited would be worth more than a $200 hamper. Unless the hamper had a lovely bottle of red, some salt and vinegar chips and some lotto or movie tickets. Then the hamper wins.
    Within my circle I would agree. Thought and time always wins over no thought and $$$. But to be fair, the OP and her husband have a family and lives. I'm not sure she would have time to do 30 hampers, with each containing hand made stuff tailored to that person.

    I would be over the moon getting that hamper alone, let alone the bonus.

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    I think it's a great idea that they both have time to cool off before talking about it. She may now be mortified at how she reacted? It is hard because you just never know what someone may be going through but it's hard when it comes out that way at work. How is she normally as an employee? I know that when I had a miscarriage I was really off my game at work & very emotional & I was trying really hard not to be! I didn't have any outbursts like that though.

    I'm in a government job so we never get any bonuses or gifts like that but I think it's lovely & people should be very grateful for it as many people don't get that. I would be over the moon with any extra money in my pay especially at this time of the year too. The only way our pay increases is if we do study/training courses & pass everything.

    I just think it was none of her business to question her boss like that. Even if she thought for whatever reason she was entitled to a pay rise, make a time for a meeting & go in & have a chat. We often have people threatening to quit but they very soon realise that at the end of the day we are all just a number & that is no way to get what you want as really everyone at work is replaceable (as bad as that sounds but it's the truth). People sometimes don't realise how good they have things until they leave.

    Oh by the way I'd be so excited with the items you picked out, they sound lovely (especially Lush & the wine/chocolates!)

    Hopefully they will talk & resolve things. Hopefully she will realise it wasn't her place to question the boss & that she won't go around talking to others about it.

    Or maybe the nice gifts & bonus' need to be taken away for people to appreciate them? Although if everyone else has been great employees you probably don't want to penalise them especially if they work hard as it's a lovely thank-you.

    Good luck

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    I would be so weirded out if my boss gave me a homemade voucher offering to babysit my kids
    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I agree be a little grateful.

    However I don't go ga-ga over generic mass produced presents. I go ga-ga over gifts where it is obvious the giver has tailored it to the recipient. In my eyes a home-made voucher for babysitting/a massage it a $20 DVD of my favourite movie re-edited would be worth more than a $200 hamper. Unless the hamper had a lovely bottle of red, some salt and vinegar chips and some lotto or movie tickets. Then the hamper wins.

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