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I've worked a couple of facilities where I received a big, fat nothing.

One facility even mailed everyone Christmas cards that looked like

they had been printed off of one of those really cheap HP color

printers.

I worked in one facility in which every employee got a 50 dollar

gift card to a really nice restaurant. Unfortunately I wasn't a

permanent employee, just agency. I believe that's the most

expensive Christmas "bonus" that I have personally seen.

My facility gave out coffee mugs and blankets this year.

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Lately my employers haven't even been sending holiday greeting cards. Stopped getting birthday cards a very long time ago. And sure do miss the employers who had lunches to go along with mandatory in services.

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water bottle (which we could not keep on our med carts, per OSHA, and there was no real chance to leave the work area. I refused to be ridiculously thirsty, so did keep mine with me. Fooey on all that malarkey.)

I hear that!

Last year the company gave us a choice of holiday gifts, either a blue tooth wireless speaker so you can hook you phone up and listen to music -or- a phone charger set.

...it's against company policy to have cellphones out while working.

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$20 grocery card, pretaxed, for two years. Otherwise, just a cookie.

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I didn't actually do the math, but this sounds kind of silly to me. Sorry.

$.25 x 2080 hours = $520

Why is it silly? I'm just pointing out what it costs to give a bonus that amount,

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I hear that!

Last year the company gave us a choice of holiday gifts, either a blue tooth wireless speaker so you can hook you phone up and listen to music -or- a phone charger set.

...it's against company policy to have cellphones out while working.

Your blue tooth speaker should have a range of 20 feet or so - the phone does not have to be visibly out for it to work. Set it and forget it. I had this argument at work with my boss.

Hppy

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We get a $100 gift card -- it's a bank gift card, to be spent anywhere.

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Day and evening shift get a tray of crappy Christmas cookies. The overnight shift gets the leftovers, if any.

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Our organization gives bonuses (provided you are in good standing, do all your annual continuing education, and can juggle flaming torches with your feet) depending upon some algorithm of reimbursement our organization is able to finagle at the end of the year. It's always a different amount and an odd number - it is heavily taxed, but to be honest I've never had one any where else and I am super grateful to get it. But then again, our organization also finds creative ways to be maniacally ungenerous in other ways so in the end it probably pan's out to be the same had I worked elsewhere.

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I don't know for sure, since I wasn't in my current job last Christmas, but I suspect ours is "You get to keep working here".

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all FT hospital employees got $300 this year; I think mine was about $194 after taxes. I thought it was interesting to give the same bonus to a housekeeper earning $30k a year as a nurse making $90k. As a principle it feels like a bit of a slap in the face to get a bonus and have it be so small. I'd almost rather they gave bigger bonuses to staff earning under 50-60k and told those of us who earn more that money is tight and that they were giving it out based on need.

But when all's said and done, a small amount of money is better than no money, so I bought $200 of frivolous video games that I'm really enjoying. It's also the first bonus I've gotten in my 8ish years as a nurse, so I guess I'll take what I can get

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