My company gives a yearly bonus based on their earnings. This year is smaller than some of the previous years, but a little extra cash is always nice.
I was talking with my coworkers today, as we were trying to decide how much our bonuses would be. A few of us thought they’d be really low – no more than a couple hundred dollars – and one youngish guy, Jeff, said he’d rather get nothing. Not that he wouldn’t take the bonus (a response to my offer to take his bonus money if he found it so distasteful), but that he thought a low amount might be more insulting than anything.
I said I’d never be insulted by getting extra money. After all, if they’re going to tell me that I get a bonus as part of my compensation package, I expect to get something, even if it’s just $100 or so.
What do you think? Is there a bonus or raise amount so small that getting it would be undesirable?
Jeff & I also had an interesting discussion about salary vs. other perks, but ‘ll save that for another time.