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GeneralRe: Bonus PinmemberS Houghtelin7-May-12 5:51 
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GeneralRe: Bonus PinprotectorMarc Clifton7-May-12 6:16 
Bonuses are insulting. First off, it's a way of someone saying "by this 'gift', I am demonstrating my superior rank by having the decision making ability to dole out this 'gift'."
 
In places where there are bonuses given by some measure of performance review, it says "you failed/succeeded, never mind that your failure/success depends on so many other people also failing/succeeding."
 
It's devaluing and demeaning. I get a $1000 bonus for a month of 80 hour work weeks, and my manager gets a $10000 bonus because I'm his/her employee, and somehow there's some inane concept that my manager should get a bigger bonus because he/she "managed" my work.
 
My "bonus" is that I know I did a good job, and I also know when I didn't do a good job. If you want to give me a "bonus", I would prefer to be paid in less quantifiable terms like "trust" and "loyalty." It's so ironic that management has the idea that bonuses, incentive plans, even employment, builds loyalty. The "we own all your work" employment contract builds the illusion of loyalty because the employee is caught in a web of isolation, unable to even publish things he/she does on their own time because it is owned by the company, and so becomes more and more "tied" to the company for the paycheck. Loyalty is not bondage. Loyalty is found through freedom.
 
Sure, I will take your bonus, and often enough with appreciation for at least the positive aspects of the gesture. But in so many other ways, it is just another stone in an unconscious, predefined and ultimately unhealthy employee-employer relationship.
 
Marc

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