Monday, December 17, 2012

Traditional holiday-time employee bonuses fading away

Donna Rogers, an instructor at the University of Illinois Springfield’s College of Business and Management, said there has been a marked shift in the business world from benevolent gifts to merit-based bonuses.

For starters, she said it protects companies from discrimination allegations for celebrating a religious-based holiday. But it also reinforces good work habits.

“Corporations and larger 
organizations are getting rid of (holiday bonuses) and making it more business oriented, whether related to the profit of the company where everyone shares or strictly performance based,” Rogers said. “It focuses more on identifying those high-performers working hard.

“It hurts morale when those individuals get the same benefit as the people sitting on their butts not doing anything.”

Rogers was featured by the State Journal-Register on December 16, 2012.

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