Someone was complaining recently about getting a smaller-than-usual bonus after having originally been told not to expect any bonus at all. Other people complained that all they got from their company at Christmas was a turkey or a gift card. When I worked for a company that gave cash gifts out at the end of the year, people would complain that it was “only enough to get groceries with” or “not even worthwhile”.
I never understood that. Why grumble because someone is giving you money?
And it was funny, no one ever took me up on my offer to take that “piddling” amount off their hands. Apparently the amount WAS worth keeping, so long as they got to complain about it too.
I always want to respond with “Really? You’re complaining about free money?” when people do stuff like that.
I suppose it boils down to expectations. I mean, have you ever heard a person complain about getting an extra quarter back in their vending machine change? No, they happily pocket it without complaint. Sometimes they even tell someone about getting the extra quarter back, as if they’ve just won the vending-machine lottery.
My view is that (except in cases where “bonuses” are part of a person’s employment contract) bonuses and gifts are just that: a bonus or a gift. And I’m pretty sure that an employer is going to look a lot more favorably on an employee who is grateful than on one who complains.