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Straight Talking Workers seduced with gifts as employers struggle to recruit new staff

Simon Bourke


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Employee rewards.

Employee rewards.

Employee rewards.

It wouldn’t have been in our nature to ask for anything, to even expect anything. That’s not who we were. The agreement was set in place on day one: we’d turn up, do a bit of graft, and head home. Then, every week, fortnight or month, we’d get a few pound in the bank, a sort of reward for our loyalty, for not blowing the place up.

Anything else was, quite literally, a bonus. At Christmas we’d half-hope for something nice, a couple of extra zeroes in the pay packet, a pat on the back and a gruff “well done”, but if it didn’t come we’d say nothing. If someone gave us a gift, an actual present, it’d send us into a spiral; “what are they up to? They must be planning redundancies. And at Christmas and all. They’re some shower.”


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