Timothy R. Clark: The Two Turkey Rule

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  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Feb. 7, 2012 8:39 a.m.

    Great article. Our government could stand to learn this lesson.

    An interesting side note: I worked for a company for 14 that granted a 12-week sabbatical every 7 years (8 weeks paid, + 4 weeks saved or borrowed vacation). When the CEO changed after my first 8 years with the company, the new CEO was a major bean counter, more interested in cutting perceived costs than investing in good people. This benefit that was viewed as an entitlement was altered in the following ways: 1st, it became a 10-week sabbatical. Then, instead of every 7 years, it became a one-time event. In the crush of 2008 it was suspended - everyone's eligibility was pushed out a year. Then in 2010, it was rescinded altogether. Guess when the Exodus began? When they cut 2 weeks. Morale dropped precipitously as this entitlemen was cut until, when it was done away with for good, turnover approached that of a restaurant. What cost more, the sabbatical every 7 years for those faithful enough to stick it out that long, or massive turnover and re-training?

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Feb. 6, 2012 1:00 p.m.

    yea giving an employee anythig is bad as well as social security that people like him call an entitilement even those of us that have worked for a long time thought that was our money for when we quit working. now they make it seem it is a gift, even though we put many thousand of dollars into the system. like unemployment which companies pay for. he and many others would like people to just die when they get old. entitilment is a catchy way of saying anyhting for the old or poor like medicare, which might be gone before i quit working, even though i have put money into that too. some of thr older peopel that got medicare never put a dime into it. but we know whats going to happen repulicans like calling it a class war, but it is and always has been the haves against the have nots. look at the french evolt and the russian. take enogh away from the people and they will take away from you. it will take a while longer in america because not all the classes have hit rock bottom but keep getting rid of health care at places of work like corporate america, and no raises more down class it will come to our country.

  • Undefeated Hyrum, UT
    Feb. 6, 2012 9:23 a.m.

    Loved this article, good lesson. Years ago in Cache Valley a company had a tradition of giving turkeys at Christmas. One year I guess some employees wanted more or bigger turkeys. Anyway the next morning 11 turkeys were left on the business owners driveway. They just couldn't except a gift graciously.