Two of my sons were just in “Scrooge the Musical”. They did a fantastic job but listening to old Mr. Scrooge got me thinking.
Mr. Scrooge complained about the fairness of his employee taking a whole day off and expecting to get paid for it. “Some reason for picking a man’s pocket.” It isn’t just the fairness as an employer of having to pay employees for time and days they don’t work, it’s more than that.
At Christmas employees expect some kind of Christmas party – paid for by the employer. They expect a Christmas gift and or a healthy Christmas bonus – paid by the employer.
As an employer I’m rather put off by these expectations. Why should I have to provide a party, or gifts or bonuses? I don’t have Christmas parties for people who are not part of my social group or friends. I certainly don’t give gifts or money to non-friends or non-relatives (except for the Tree of Sharing, Secret Santa and other donations I CHOOSE to make).
It will cost us well over $1,000 for this stuff this year, and that’s a lot for a small business like us. I’d rather spend that on myself – or on other deserving people – Bah Humbug!!!