Just to set the record straight: I am venting as a sore lose here. Nothing more. Nothing less.
That said, surely some of you can probably relate to this.
We had my Company Christmas party this last weekend at a major SoCal amusement park.
As is typical of nearly all Christmas parties I've been to over the years, there were several large "door prizes" awarded out. And the person "drawing the names" was our CFO.
Over the years, I've often suspected those "drawings" to be rigged. That is...the "winners" are already predetermined before the evening even begins.
This year was no exception.
Rather than give out two or three dozen pointless "prizes" (such as a $10 gift card to Applebees), our company gave out 6 all expenses paid trips to various destinations over the globe. Pretty cool and generous on their part...
-you realize that 4 of the trips were "won" by so-called "upper management" and the 5th by the Director Of Sales.
The 6th was awarded to the daughter-in-law of a part time employee that works maybe one day a week.
WTF is up with that?
None of the operations, billing, customer service, transportation, IT
, or other front line, day-to-day personnel won a thing.
Not a single one of them.
By the time the fourth name was drawn, you could've heard a pin drop in that huge room. The first three, there was the mandatory applause from everyone else. Not on the 4th, 5th, or 6th. A few muffled groans of disbelief were heard, but no one was clapping at those last three names drawn.
I can see not wanting the in-laws of some obscure, part time employee to win.
But honestly.....that name of winners on the other 5 just didn't seem right.
A lot of people (myself included) were talking afterwards and were not only bummed out that none of us won, but also insulted to think that out of 200+ names present, that 5 of the 6 were all "inner circle" members to the CFO. The fact that no one I asked ever actually saw that fishbowl or the pieces of paper with the names on lent some credence to the idea that the "drawing" was in fact staged with predetermined "winners". I mean if that was the case, was it really necessary to rub it in the noses of the other 195 employees? Why not just have nothing....and quietly hand out those prizes behind the closed conference room doors....and go back to the $10 Applebees gift cards?
Methinks that if there is a party next year, there won't be much of a turnout.