Last year on December 26th and 27th, we were dealing with the Blizzard of 2010. The city was at a standstill. Couldn't make it to work because the trains weren't running. Despite the fact that the city was snowed in, the CEO and his cohort decided that we should forfeit a vacation day because we didn't make it to work. Talk about Scrooge!!!
Yesterday was stormy as well...gale force winds and heavy rain. If it had been colder, it probably would have been worse than last year's storm. Of course, Scrooge already made his appearance on Friday when he announced that they didn't want to allow staff to leave early. They prefer to pay us to play computer games than let us spend some extra time preparing for the holiday....
But, it wouldn't be Christmas without a visit from Scrooge, would it? Sadly, there are more and more people who act like Scrooge during the holidays and fail to embrace and enjoy the season of Christmas--disagreeable, mean, greedy, and uncooperative. The current economic climate is such that it might not be all that surprising to see that many people are becoming a Scrooge of sorts this Christmas. And who can blame them. So many are losing their jobs and the replacement jobs are just not there. How can one possibly feel the Christmas spirit?
As an example, I'll use my agency....and this is happening all over the country. Five years ago we got Christmas bonuses....$50 Barnes & Noble gift cards. Four years ago we got movie tickets. We also had a wonderful Christmas party each year. We felt appreciated. Then, the year came when the Christmas party was gone as well, but the evening dinner cruise still continues. They say that all of us are invited. But, how is that possible when we have to work...so only the higher ups get to enjoy it. The clients had a Christmas party as well, and they actually got some nice gifts.
That is gone as well, now. The CEO and his cohort say they are losing money, but how can that be? They're consolidating all of us into one building. Not only do we no longer have offices, but are accommodating more clients than ever in a space half the size of what we had. Let's see...there is our program, the Manhattan Apartment Program, our Reception Center Shelter, our detox, our medical office, Human Resources, and a brand new 200 bed men's shelter sharing the same building. That's seven rents they are saving.
Our CEO has a salary of $292,000. His cohort is probably not far behind. Guess it pays to run a non-profit agency, doesn't it? We get a 3 per cent raise and our health insurance goes up 4 per cent. Bye, bye raise. The clients get nothing. Hot meals are gone. Soup and sandwich are the daily menu. Yes, Scrooge is alive and well in New York City...and, he is not just one person. There are many of them who are pocketing high salaries to the detriment of their staff and clients. That's the difference between the haves and the have nots. Is it any wonder why the Christmas spirit is disappearing?
But, of course, Christmas was never meant to be about money. In my own opinion, Christmas is meant to bring families together. It is a day to let go of everything negative. There should be good food and praise music. People should gives gifts from the heart. The rich should give to the poor. No one should be alone. Christmas is about love, peace, and joy on earth. When and how did we forget? And, how do we find it again?
Thanks for letting me share....my last rant of 2011.