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chefs geting owners a Christmas present ?

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Has anyone ever done something for the owners of the company they work for for Christmas? To show your appreciation for their faith, trust and opportunity they have given you? I have been tossing this idea around my head, everyone wants and or expects a Christmas or yearly bonus for the job they've done over the year, but what about saying "thanks for my job" My companey is own by a relatively large group of people all of whom are multi millionaires with the means to buy themselves anything they want. Nonetheless I was thinking it would be nice to do something for them? So far the best I've come up with is making a charitable donation in the company's name and presenting it to one of the owners, anyone else have any thoughts or ideas on the subject?
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12 HOURS A DAY SOMETIME 7 DAYS A WEEK  CHEFS DESERVE A BONUS MOST OWNERS JUST RAKE IN THE MONEY. FORGETABOUTIT

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Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Im an owner and it would make me extreemly uncomfortable to get a christmas gift from any of my staff.
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12 HOURS A DAY SOMETIME 7 DAYS A WEEK  CHEFS DESERVE A BONUS MOST OWNERS JUST RAKE IN THE MONEY. FORGETABOUTIT
Thank you for the reply, it is after all why I posted this thread. You give a valid point that I can't argue with, I do receive a bonus and I do believe I deserve it. Yes the owners do rake in the money, maybe it's just the whole spirit of giving of the holidays that has me considering this?
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Im an owner and it would make me extreemly uncomfortable to get a christmas gift from any of my staff.
And I thank you sir for your insight to a owners perspective. I did consider that, that's why I was thinking a gift in the form of a charitable donation in the company's name would be a good choice and way of saying thank you for my job.
post #6 of 12
We always got owners gifts everywhere I worked especially if it's a smaller operation. Year worth of subscription to there favorite magazine tickets to a sporting event or gift cards to an outdoor store so they could buy items to get away for a few days
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I firmly believe holiday gifts should only be given down the chain of command, not up.
If someone worked in a small, family-owned business and had a personal friendship with the owner that would be an exception.
Otherwise it just looks like brown nosing.

Some of my employees still give me gifts and I have no idea how to discourage them.
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Im an owner and it would make me extreemly uncomfortable to get a christmas gift from any of my staff.

 

It would make you feel extremely uncomfortable if a staff member bought you a gift? Even one that's under 20 dollars? That seems too weird to me, sorry. Nothing unusual about that at all.

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Yes it would, Ill explain my thoughts. I currently have 26 full time staff between my 2 places. I pay above the regional mean wages and treat my staff like an extenssion of my family.

Each one of my staff is in a unique financial place to their own, ie..., i have one guy that supports his wife and children in Camaroon, he lives in a shared apt. with three other guys in the same situation, while another guy in the same job lives at home and really has no obligations.
While the first guy is scraping by and living off staff meals, plus working a 2nd job the other guy has it easy. Guy number 2 buys me a xmass gift, no biggy for him. Now guy number one feels like he had to, but he really cant afford to. Either way he feels pain and I dont want that. Thats why it makes me unconfortable, those are both 2 real guys that work for me.
post #10 of 12
Plus I enjoy taking everyone out for xmass dinner, families included. Our group was 63 this year and we went to Gunnebo Slott, it was amazing. Xmass bonuses I handed out in private and it still amazes my Muslim staff when they get that also.

http://www.gunneboslott.se
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Beautiful Christmas spirit chef lagom ⛄️
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Yes it would, Ill explain my thoughts. I currently have 26 full time staff between my 2 places. I pay above the regional mean wages and treat my staff like an extenssion of my family.

Each one of my staff is in a unique financial place to their own, ie..., i have one guy that supports his wife and children in Camaroon, he lives in a shared apt. with three other guys in the same situation, while another guy in the same job lives at home and really has no obligations.
While the first guy is scraping by and living off staff meals, plus working a 2nd job the other guy has it easy. Guy number 2 buys me a xmass gift, no biggy for him. Now guy number one feels like he had to, but he really cant afford to. Either way he feels pain and I dont want that. Thats why it makes me unconfortable, those are both 2 real guys that work for me.


Interesting take on this issue. Christmas gift giving is supposed to be a genuine reflection of how you feel towards the individual.

If a boss receives a Christmas gift from an employee it is a personal communication between them and should have no effect on others.

If this gift exchange IS a personal thing then it is done in a private situation where others will not see it so thereby no attitude.

 

I think what you do for your employees is commendable, but Christmas gift giving is what the holiday is all about and politics should not be in this.

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