A boss taking the time to express appreciation for a job well done is always a good thing, but it becomes a little underwhelming when you know full well that appreciation should come in the form of extra monetary compensation rather than some kind words. But when one worker pointed that out to his supervisor, the response made things even worse.

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An email shared to the r/antiwork subreddit presented a grateful boss who understood that the unnamed company couldn’t have gotten through what the worker referred to as “one of the top 5 biggest events in [the] state” without their team.

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“Collectively you got windburned, rained on, got cold, got sore feet, worked long hours, missed sleep and had your personal vehicle struck by a gator,” he wrote. “Everyone’s efforts were, and are, greatly appreciated. We had a successful [redacted event] and gallery opening because of these efforts.”

Keeping the “reply all” chain going, the redditor replied with a grinning smiley face emoji and an obvious question: “Does this mean we get a bonus?”

“A pat on the back is worth more than any monetary increase,” their boss replied.

Tone is, of course, difficult to read over email, but the suggestion that a thank you should suffice when people worked extra to help a company profit is pretty condescending. Even if it’s not in the budget to offer a one-time bonus for those who stepped up, there are much better ways to say that.

Needless to say, r/antiwork redditors were not amused.

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It seems fair to assume the boss wouldn’t care to be compensated with kind words or non-monetary appreciation, but perhaps he should try it out and see how valuable it really feels compared to cold hard cash.

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*First Published: May 12, 2022, 9:44 am