United Airlines: Trickle Don’t

(H/T: Scissorhead Skinny-D)

Let’s look at the unique was that United Airlines has decided to reward their employees:

“Words matter.

“Even if they’re in a memo. Especially if they’re in a memo sent by a senior executive to all of his 86,000 employees.

“I felt a peculiar twitch just above my eyebrow, therefore, when I read some words sent by United Airlines President Scott Kirby to all those who work at United.

“The words concerned the removal of their quarterly performance bonuses, to be replaced by a lottery, in which someone could win $100,000 and others could get a few other prizes. Such as $20,000. Or, um, $2,000.

“It could be you.

“Then again, it most likely won’t be you, as there aren’t that many prizes.

“Which means if you work for United and are eligible for a bonus, you’ll be out around $1,200 a year — the amount normally received by many employees. “

So performance bonuses—which usually are designed to reward improvement—are now going to be a lottery? Um, I have a funny feeling a lot of luggage is going to be lost really soon. Seriously, why bother?

But it’s good to see rapacious airlines deciding that the windfall tax breaks that they received should be a golden ticket for a couple employees. I wonder how they justified it?

“The reason for this change goes to the heart of our strategy: offering meaningful rewards will build excitement and a sense of accomplishment with more bang for the buck,” says Kirby.”

Oh. So the employee of the month really didn’t deserve the recognition in the old system.

Imma guess that buck will get banged in the boardroom.

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10 Responses to United Airlines: Trickle Don’t

  1. Well, thanks to the CEO’s and their pet legislators most folks “retirement’ plan is the lottery ticket, this fits right in. But if this guy REALLY wanted to be a paradigm-destroying creative destruction thinkfluencer, he shoulda announced this was how ALL WAGES AND SALARIES (below the executive suite, natch!) were going to be managed from now on. You gets your ticket on Monday and pay attention Friday when they read the winning numbers…

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  2. ming says:

    I was a 100k flyer for a number of years when I was working in South America. Here’s another reason United is my choice of last resort.


  3. Also ” meaningful rewards “…I do not think that means what YOU think that means…


  4. Sirius Lunacy says:

    And the winning numbers this week are: 82, 6, 28, 14, 1237432 and pi! Ooooh, looks like nobody has the winning combination this week. Well we’ll try to give away this $100,00 again next week. See you all then and good luck everybody.

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  5. Bruce388 says:

    And the winning number is… 9,403,369, which happens to be Scott Kirby’s total compensation.


  6. roket says:

    And the employee who wins $20K quits immediately.


  7. w3ski4me says:

    As a now retired worker, I have to admit my feelings about Lottery Based Rewards.
    BULLSHIT! Even “Employee of the Month” never brought me spit in a dry hand.
    What a corporate Rip Off!
    Tired of all this generosity

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  8. Retiredeng says:

    I bet some slime ball MBA (but I repeat myself) dreamed up this ripoff scheme.

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  9. Nora Daly says:

    Read earlier that they rescinded the plan after employees complained bitterly!

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  10. MDavis says:

    I’m sure the plan was for the biggest payout to be handed to Mystery Men #s 1, 2, and 3, none of whom anyone actually knows ore ever met. But then, I have a suspicious attitude.

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