the Money segment of
Excerpted from Michelle Goodman's article:
Company Morale Events Gone Bad
a 'Borat' Screening to Awards for Laid-Off Employees, See How Some Firms Tried to Boost Morale and Failed
When Good Managers Have
Even good managers aren't immune
to mishandling morale boosters. When Tim McHeffey was a retail manager in Patchogue,
N.Y., he made this flub:
had a program in which we rewarded [employees who got] good customer comments with $10 gift certificates. Brilliant me comes up with a way
to save my employer money by giving a rose in a vase to each employee who received a nice customer letter. I sent out my assistant
to purchase the cheapest vases she could find. We gave away lots of them. Until one day I overheard two employees laugh how
they were going to get another one of those 'urinals.' When I looked closer, [I realized that] these ugly plastic vases resembled
the kind of urinals used in hospitals. I quietly changed the policy to go back to giving out gift certificates."
Read the full article here.