Bank Of America Can't Afford Soap For Employee's Break Room

After waving good-bye to billions in the subprime mortgage market and bailing out nefarious mustache-twirling mortgage lender Countrywide, Bank of America says it can no longer afford soap for its employee’s break rooms.

They can still afford to pay CEO Ken Lewis a cool $28 million a year says the New York Post:

Bank of America chief Ken Lewis may have taken home $28 million, but he’s still slashing wasteful perks such as free soup and crackers for employees.

The nation’s second-largest bank posted grim notices yesterday around its offices here and elsewhere that it no longer can afford giving employees any freebies.

The notice listed goodies it will eliminate at its employee kitchenettes: soup, crackers, flavored teas, sugar-free hot chocolate and hand soap.

The bank presumably will keep hand soap in bathrooms. City laws require it, but not necessarily at snack counter sinks.

Since there are no food or beverages to handle anymore at the kitchenettes, there’s no need for soap to wash hands – a found bonus for bean counters.

“We’ll continue to have plenty of soap in ’08,” a bank spokesman said dryly.

What a marvelous company. Well, now you know what to get your favorite banker for her birthday.

CLEANING OUT BOFA [New York Post](Thanks, Yossi!)

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  1. karlrove says:

    I guess the sugar-filled hot chocolate will still be in stock.

  2. karlrove says:

    Lucky for those employees, they can still count on having regular sugar hot chocolate.

  3. Falconfire says:

    im sure their CEO is still raking in a couple million though….

  4. DallasDMD says:

    How much does refilling the soap on a yearly basis cost? This is really pathetic. The cost of soap could be deducted from the CEO’s salary and I doubt he would miss it one bit.

  5. ironchef says:

    The media had a field day with B of A when this story hit Friday. CNBC was ripping puns and jokes every hour. Fast Money had riffs of them every 15 minutes.

  6. mantari says:

    If they go the Worldcom route, next, they’ll RIF the office plants, and replace the coffee machines with coffee vending machines.

  7. What The Geek says:

    Wow… just wow. This story is sorta like a sad clown – made me feel mixed emotions. If they’re taking the hand soap away, chances are the employees aren’t going to be treated as well as they have been in the past… which will lead to people searching for new work… this sort of overall company loss can lead to a nasty downward spiral.

  8. clocker says:

    Since they have less of that nasty dirty money to count this makes perfect sense.

  9. sickofthis says:

    If you have a Bank of America branch in your town, you should go to the drive-through and give the teller a bottle of hand soap and a pouch of Cup ‘o’ Soup.

  10. NotSure says:

    As a BofA employee myself (by way of a takeover), I’ve never gotten a single free cracker, soup, or hot chocolate. Looks like my worksite has been missing out! Time to stage a protest to get compensation for all those missed entitlements.

    I’m more concerned (as an employee) about the cuts to my pension contributions that take effect next year. I’d gladly give up my crackers (if I was getting any) to help fund my retirement. Funny, but I’ve seen nothing in the media about that!

  11. zsouthboy says:

    One of my favorite fallacies: save money, by removing some “non-essential” things from your budget.

    Hint to corporations: just because you didn’t assign a value to employee goodwill doesn’t mean it’s not part of the equation.

    Skimping on something silly and cheap to make your empoyees lives just SLIGHTLY nicer (for example, a memo goes around: “Paperclips should be recycled, we’re cutting the amount of them we’re buying.”[a real example]) WILL cost you MUCH, much more in lost productivity.

  12. Alex Morse says:

    No wonder I can never find a person at their call centers that has a clue about anything… they’re all afraid to touch the phones and catch each other’s colds.

  13. ptkdude says:

    My office lost plants, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and filtered water about 7 or 8 years ago. This past year, they took away cups, plates, napkins, plastic utensils. This is supposedly company-wide, but oddly enough our headquarters building (where all the executives are) was exempt. They still have the lot of it.

    I’ve heard a rumor that they’re going to start charging us $40 a month to park (the company owns the building, and it’s in a suburb, not downtown).

  14. coss3n says:

    He’s not struggling to run a bank — he’s practicing to run an airline!

  15. timmus says:

    Cut the CEO pay.
    Cut the CEO pay.
    Cut the CEO pay.
    Cut the CEO pay.
    You would think that a bank, of all things, would have better common sense with money. Cut the CEO pay.

  16. JadedScientist says:

    My office once got a note tacked up in the restrooms about the “excess usage of toilet seat covers.” Another good one was when the building HVAC was set to go on at 8 AM, even though folks were onsite from 5 AM–this was done in the name of “energy savings” during the winter. Those pre-8 AM folks all brought in space heaters and the building utility bill reached an all-time high.

  17. missdona says:

    When my ex-roommate temped at BofA she used to come home with those little packs of ground Starbucks coffee. Maybe they have to make do with Maxwell House or Folgers now?

  18. mammalpants says:

    if the CEO is failing so badly that he cannot pay for soap for his employees, which can directly affect their health, why does he make $28M? and yes, he is DIRECTLY responsible as CEO for the failures of his company. why isn’t he held accountable just like the little people are for their screwups?

    hopefully, the shareholders will see it this way, too, but i doubt it.

  19. swalve says:

    @zsouthboy: Who DOESN’T recycle paperclips?

    @timmus: Presumably, they signed a contract with the CEO. Are you saying that they should go back on their contract and open themselves up to potential litigation?

    @ptkdude: Why should they waste money giving you food when you are probably going to complain about it anyway? Why should I– someone who doesn’t drink sugar free hot chocolate– subsidize your hot chocolate habit through my lower pay and lower profit sharing and lower stock dividends?

  20. iamme99 says:

    It just boggles the imagination to contemplating the executive management sitting at their big conference table brainstorming how to cut costs. Umm, how about hand soap? No wonder this company is crashing!

  21. swalve says:

    @missdona: That’s exactly what wrecks these “freebies”- employees stealing them.

  22. swalve says:

    @iamme99: Presumably, the executives have nothing to do with this. They told the facilities management folks to cut expenses, and they did.

  23. milty45654 says:

    CEO’s do not deserve that much money…period. Especially one’s that help contribute to the subprime meltdown….

  24. MPHinPgh says:

    @swalve: @ptkdude: Why should they waste money giving you food when you are probably going to complain about it anyway?

    Oh, piss off, for chrissakes. What are you? The CEO’s nephew or something?

  25. RandomHookup says:

    Perfect business opportunity…time to launch my Boa (note that’s not BoA for all you lawyers out there) Soup Wagon. I’ll drive from bank to bank, selling soup and hot chocolate at cutrate prices. Best of all…I’ll provide customers free hand soap!

    No fair stealing this idea, boys and girls, cause I thought of it first. I will be selling franchises after the first of the year.

  26. swalve says:

    @MPHinPgh: Good answer. I stand corrected.

  27. Buran says:

    @zsouthboy: Yeah no kidding. If you take food away from your employees, after providing it for years, they’ll be upset at you, lose loyalty, AND have to leave their office to get their lunch. Lost productivity!

    Don’t these people think?

  28. MaliBoo Radley says:

    I think they had to cut luxuries because they keep having to pay me for the mistakes they make on my account. They’ve have to (in addition to refunding fees) compensate me $35 bucks on two occasions. Stupid bank …

  29. mindshadow says:

    @ptkdude: Wow, might be time for a new job.

    If my company even suggested charging me $40 to park they would be looking for someone else to manage their call manager/routers. Not that I’m uppity or arrogant or think I’m all that, but I’m just not down with company’s doing stupid shit and I have an irrational temper towards those things.

  30. Peeved Guy says:

    Personally, I was shocked to learn that BoA was providing these items in the first place. I haven’t worked for a company that provided more that coffee ( and the last few not even that) in many moons…

  31. MPHinPgh says:

    @swalve: Look, I realize it was a slightly irrational response, but c’mon. If you’ve done these things as a company (as a way to make employee’s lives a little easier, which is a thoughtful gesture) and then you yank them away under THESE circumstances…WTF?!?!?

    BoA is in the toilet because of who’s actions? Upper management, not the employees who make up 96% of the work force. And yet, who gets their little (and they are little) perks taken away? Sure as hell not the same people who put the compnay in it’s current situation.

    You have a CEO making an obscene amount of money (Yes, $28 million is obscene no matter who you are), and Joe Average loses the his soup and hand soap. Tell me you don’t see something wrong with this. If you can’t, then my previous questions remains…are you the CEO’s nephew.

  32. Electroqueen says:

    No soap? WTF?
    So what if there’s no food. Doesn’t anyone know that a keyboard is still pretty dirty after years of use? I don’t think anybody cleans them regularly.
    What’s that a rash?

    And crackers?! Crackers?! Is there no justice?

  33. Shadowman615 says:

    I think if I were a BoA employee, I’d look towards bailing out on that company ASAP. Not because I need sugar free hot chocolate on my breaks or anything like that.

    It’s just a pretty alarming warning sign.

    If a company can’t even afford to keep stocking soap and other small items for the break room, I doubt there’s much chance of getting a significant raise anytime soon. Not much prospects there.

  34. deb35802 says:

    Isn’t there a health code regulation about having soap or hand sanitizers in the restrooms?

  35. sleze69 says:

    This is kinda silly. Who cares if their kitchen doesn’t have HAND soap. Chances are, there is still DISH soap to clean their coffee mugs. Who uses HAND soap at their office kitchen anyway?

    As much as I like to rag on Bank of America, this is just a New Year’s Eve filler article.

  36. Zgeg says:

    Ease up people!! Yes they cut some perks and that sucks but to be honest do any of you work for a company that offered that stuff in the first place? I work for one of the larger financial institutions in the Northeast and we NEVER had anything like that. Free Coffee, that’s it… I would also not be worried the BoA is going to be tanking anytime soon.. They are probably just looking to get their dividends up a tad to ease some stockholder tension because of the subprime fiasco. If they were trying to save the company from financial ruin, you’d see more than tea, soap and soup being cut. And if you think they REALLY want to pay someone 28MM to drive the ship than you are out of your mind. CEO salaries are driven by supply and demand just like everything else. If any of you feel you can run a multi billion dollar enterprise for 50K please feel free to submit an application but I doubt ANYONE reading this forum has any experience in running a (let me say it again) multi billion dollar finacial instituion. There are not many of those people out there and the market will dictate what they get paid.. And for the record, I am not affiliated with BoA at all, in fact they recently rejected my application for employment..

  37. hn333 says:

    Why is this a big deal, you guys need to read more. It says they’re cutting the soap at the snack counter sinks. But it also says “The bank presumably will keep hand soap in bathrooms. City laws require it”.

    Slow news day.

  38. crazyflanger says:

    This is retarded. They are not going to stock soap and snack stations? Seriously…this is so dumb it should of never been printed. Who cares about hand soap and crackers? I’d much rather not have hand soap and snacks and maybe make .0002$ per hour more.

  39. trollkiller says:

    In 2002 BoA had 132,583 employees [www.encyclopedia.com] assuming an average of 3 hot chocolates a month, that is 397749 packets. A box of 50 Nestle hot chocolate is $10 @ Office Depot. That translates to $79,550 a month just in hot chocolate or just less than $1 million a year.

    If the CEO wanted some really loyal employees he would make a grand gesture and take the cost of the soup and crackers out his own pocket.

  40. huadpe says:

    A note or two on the CEO pay. And the several reasons that exist (some good, others less so) for it being so damn high.

    Reason the first: stock options. Stock options arose in the 80s and 90s as boards hired economists in order to figure out how to align CEO interests with their interests. CEOs were inclined to screw with the numbers in order to get their profit-based salaries to go up in the short term. The idea was then that CEOs would have the same incentives as the board of shareholders. The rules about exercising options were to prevent running the stock price up one quarter then bailing on the insider info before the crash.
    This didn’t work, because they paid them so much in stock that they ended up SITTING ON THE BOARD. They in many ways set their own salary. Next post will have reason #2.

  41. socalrob of the 24 and a half century says:

    He’s not slashing it… He’s keeping it for himself. Maybe they are actually paying him in Sugar Free Hot Chocolate and Soup and Hand Soap…

  42. huadpe says:

    Reason #2 why CEO pay is too high: economic rent.
    There is a relatively small group of “known” CEOs. They do have a large impact on company bottom line (particularly in that a bad one can screw it up royally). Because of this, there is a good amount of competition for a good CEO that is known not to be likely to tank the company completely. This high competition causes economic rent. CEOs would certainly work for less pay, but the companies hiring will keep bidding upwards because there is such competition for the small pool of qualified applicants.
    This is similar to why pro athletes get paid so much. Tom Brady would be a quarterback for MUCH less than his current pay, but if the Pats lowered it, he would go to another team, so they can’t. The difference between the minimum it would take to get him to work, and the amount he is paid.
    Next post will have the third and last main reason.

  43. swalve says:

    @huadpe: Exactly- it’s not the CEO’s fault the board of directors made the job offer. Nobody seems to complain about sports start making too much money. Same thing- competition for resources.

  44. damitaimee says:

    there’s no need for soap simply because they aren’t handling food? are they kidding me? money is probably one of the dirtiest items around. i used to work in a check cashing store and my fingers would turn grey after just a couple hours of handling cash. also, people bring in some of the most disgusting money. i have been forced to take in sticky, wet, or even smelly bills.

    come on now bofa, buy hand soap!! quit being such a greedy bitch so your employees can avoid illnesses from handling dirty cash.

  45. azntg says:

    They still use the “Higher Standards” slogan? ROFLMAO. That’s probably one of the most contradictory statements that marketing has thought of.

  46. huadpe says:

    Third reason for high CEO pay: stability.
    It is difficult to retain employees when corporate policies change every 6 months and there is no clear direction, with little job stability.
    Even when a CEO institutes larger changes than snack-room cuts, there tends to be a larger plan involved, which requires both planning and execution and time. If you offer a $1 million a year CEO salary for a large bank, you will get applicants, and some pretty smart ones, but they will get poached out from under you every 3-4 months when they get proven to be good and other banks hire them to be CFO or something at 10x that salary. If your leadership changes 3 times a year, you won’t be able to develop and execute long term strategies, and that’s what the board should be looking for.

  47. swalve says:

    I don’t know who everyone else works for, but I want to work for a company that doesn’t waste money. Trim the fat and pay me more. I’m an adult, I don’t need to be tricked into productivity with free coffee or free hot chocolate or bottomless paperclips. Offices and companies with cultures of freebies are generally less productive- when it comes to real profit, not wasting capital.

  48. missdona says:

    @swalve: I totally agree with you. She, however, would not.

  49. ogman says:

    SWALVE – Ken Lewis’s ball washer.

  50. themediatrix says:

    @ZGEG

    Yes, I’ve worked for several companies that provide such perks and better.

    I spent a year handling marketing for a law firm in Washington, D.C. The firm had 30 mini-kitchens scattered throughout so that you didn’t have to walk further than 100 feet for coffee/decaf/soup/crackers/hot choc./flavored tea/plastic utensils/napkins/paper towel/screen wipes or starlight mints.

    Every Monday they provided sandwiches/chips/cookies for lunch, and every Friday they had a rooftop happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with free beer/wine/snacks.

    Other perks included quarterly financial bonuses, Christmas parties with huge door-prizes (trips, electronics, etc), and “corporate silver” on your birthday and certain holidays (i.e. engraved tiffany key rings, fountain pens, leather and silver monogrammed coasters, biz card cases, etc.).

    Even the non-profits I’ve worked at provided coffee and hand soap, although at one, they didn’t provide paper coffee cups, but they did cover taxi’s.

    Read my upcoming response to SWALVE for info on the other, better end of the scale, where perks are required, and actually prevent a company from wasting money.

  51. childrenofthecandycorn says:

    The offical statement that Bank of America customer service has been given to read to customers:

    On Dec. 28, a CNBC broadcast highlighted a memo from Bank of America referencing potential cutbacks on numerous items. At this time, we are unaware of the memo and have not cut back on soup in the cafeteria, hand soap, or any of the other items mentioned.

  52. themediatrix says:

    @SWALVE

    “…companies with cultures of freebies are generally less productive…”

    And you know this how?

    Some industries require freebees in order to make the companies *more* productive. Just for example, in the entertainment industry, entire departments (called “Creative Services”) are set-up to provide freebees for staff.

    By providing lunch, dinner, snacks, places to lounge or relax, you keep the crew and talent from heading off in their cars on their breaks, where they could get lost (if they are on location), tied-up (the waitress was so slow!) or distracted (we popped into the casino and time just got away). You keep them near, and happy, so that when you are ready for them or need them, they are there and satisfied. This allows you to make the most of your time, and keeps you on schedule as much as possible, maximizing productivity and keeping costs down.

    And it’s not just for big name productions, this goes even to small post-production houses that work on corporate video.

    Have you noticed a lot of bank tellers are young moms, single women (who tend to diet), or recent grads? They don’t really get paid that well. By making sure there is a small amount of free nutritional support available, BoA was ensuring these tellers would have the brain-power to count accurately, treat customers nicely, and make it through the day productively.

    Now, by cutting these teensy perks, BoA may save some money upfront, sure but they may also ultimately contribute to their services sucking even more.

  53. HappyPig says:

    CNBC did a segment on this, and also reported that BoA will lay off 10% of its workforce in January (the estimate was 24,000 jobs cut).

    [www.cnbc.com]

  54. sfreak says:

    No soap in the breakroom? Childsplay. Try joining the Navy, where, due to budget cuts, the bathrooms at a major industrial complex aren’t even cleaned. I love the smell of victo…er, human waste in the morning!

    I’m not exaggerating, there is literally human waste smeared, sprayed, dropped, whatever, on the walls and floors of the bathrooms.

  55. kingdom2000 says:

    Losing perks: big deal

    Paying a CEO $28 million after a pretty crappy year, I would be one po’ed investor. Only in corporate America does a company make a lot of noise over $2 in office supplies but not even blink over dropping $28 million for failure.

  56. missdona says:

    @swalve: I totally agree with you. My ex-roommate, however, would not.

  57. cde says:

    @trollkiller: Now figure in that they are buying it wholesale bulk and not retail. So that 78k would probably be 50k, and that near 1mil would probably be 500k.

    Now, add in a complete package discount, where ontop of the individual item bulk discount they get, they also get a discount for their entire order for buying from the same company. And upfront payment discount, when they pay for all 12 months worth of supplies at once. Etc. Etc.

  58. King of the Wild Frontier says:

    The closest that I’ve ever come to working in a company that provided free food to its employees was when I worked as a janitor in a big office complex, and we took advantage of leftover cookies and cake from office functions if it was left over the weekend. (Some of the janitors also gleaned leftover wrapped sandwiches from the cafeteria trash, but I drew the line at that.)

  59. Nodren says:

    BofA is closer to tanking than most people think. my wife works in one of their call centers, they are starting to lay off people, they have been on a hiring freeze for about 6 months now, and have taken away the bonuses(or profit sharing as they call it) for the reason “we invested badly” as if my wife had something to do with these bad investments. either way, they are trying to squeeze everything they can out of their employees as much as they do out of their customers, it wont be long before people just move on to greener pastures.

  60. Peeved Guy says:

    @themediatrix: Surely you realize that the bennies you list are the exception at the vast majority of companies and not the rule.

    @damitaimee: You do realize that they are talking about the entire organization of BoA, not just the banks. Not every person employed by BoA handles money as part of their day-in day-out routine. Y’all do realize, too, that they are just talking about the the soap in the kitchen/break room areas? I would think that the elimination of soap in the restrooms would be a health-code type of violation.

  61. Keter says:

    Having had the vast misfortune of working for several companies that went bankrupt (not my fault!), I know the signs of a company that is about to die. Discontinuing free coffee is the most reliable. Any company that cannot afford to keep its workers awake is already dead. One company had the stupidity to announce huge bonuses for the execs just as it was discontinuing the free coffee! So, BofA employees, don’t worry too much until the coffee subsidy stops. ;o)

  62. themediatrix says:

    @PEEVED GUY
    All I’m saying is it varies by industry. Tech firms are notorious for offering perks to attract talent and boost creativity. Law firms offer perks to retain new associates. The entertainment industry use perks to keep costs down. There isn’t really a “norm.”

  63. trollkiller says:

    @cde:Now figure in that they are buying it wholesale bulk and not retail. So that 78k would probably be 50k, and that near 1mil would probably be 500k.
    Or the stuff is brought by the coffee service. (Most likely due to the number of locations) I just checked a couple of coffee services, the Nestle hot chocolate still runs about $10 for a 50 count box.

  64. signalfire says:

    Maybe the executives are practicing up for the day when they’ll have to keep their eye on the soap and NEVER bend over after dropping it…

  65. Trojan69 says:

    At my most recent place of employment, they were spending well over $300/month on coffee and tea and assorted sweeteners and creamer. The thing that galled me was how the employees would poor out perfectly good coffee that had not been sitting for ages. They just had to have 100% fresh every damn time.

    Guess what happened to our freebie? Yep. Down the drain with all the wasted coffee.

  66. TangDrinker says:

    huh. I’m in one of the Boa buildings in CLT – and they’re completely renovating their huge bank lobby – to create MORE office spaces.

    I’m not happy to hear about the kitchenette soap cuts – I have to ride the elevator with these people – I don’t want their germs spreading any more than they have to…

  67. crankymediaguy says:

    This guys are amateurs at the cost-cutting thing. I recommend charging the employees monthly rent for their desks. Those things don’t come free, you know.

    Oh, and those elevators you folks like to ride to your cubicle on the tenth floor? I see coin-operated ones in your future. You can always use the stairs if you don’t like that; the staircase will remain free for the time being (although management reserves the right to change that at any time without notice.)

    I’m a consultant to corporations on cost-cutting strategies and those are just a few of the ideas I’ve been proposing to my clients for a few years now. There’s more where that came from but I’m reluctant to give away more of what I charge corporations for.

  68. crankymediaguy says:

    Correction:

    “This guys” = “These guys”

  69. Machete_Bear says:

    I bet all of you BoA customers feel so safe having your money in such capable hands.

  70. swalve says:

    @themediatrix: The entertainment industry does it because the unions require it.

  71. ShadowArmor says:

    I agree that this was probably a trickle down decision.

    The order to cut costs probably went from Board -> CEO -> VPs -> Division Heads -> Regional Managers all the way down, with each person either finding something to cut, or ordering the people below them to find cuts.

    When it gets down to the point that it can’t be passed further, those managers have to figure out something to cut.

    When you cut costs, you can either hack things off like a butcher, or snip here and there like a surgeon.

  72. MYarms says:

    I don’t blame them, its taken them more than 8 months to attempt to fix my ability to access my account online. Guess what? It still doesn’t work.

  73. themediatrix says:

    @Swalve

    Not so. Non-union sets and non-union production houses offer similar perks. In many production companies perks are provided across the board to non-union employees as well (for example Pixar and LucasFilm).

    I didn’t go into detail about other industries in my post, but there are *plenty* of other companies where perks are an automatic part of the incentive package.

    The most obvious example is Google. [www.google.com]

    Anyway, I think you get my point: that your original, blanket statement was inaccurate.

  74. AlphaWolf says:

    @MPHinPgh:

    LOL!

  75. ycats says:

    As a public school teacher who also consults for a company on the side, I have little sympathy for corporate types losing perks. We don’t even get tissues for our classrooms…

  76. gc3160thtuk says you got your humor in my sarcasm and you say you got your sarcasm in my humor says:

    wow and ya’ll riff on Walmart. At least they’re not taking away our lounge coffee, cream, sugar, cappuccino powder, soap or paper towels. And we had Thanksgiving dinner, special before Christmas meal, and bought pizza for us the day after Thanksgiving. And to teachers, not sure why you don’t get tissues but hell after seeing the lists my aunt and uncle had for their 8 kids in school, I don’t think the schools here get any money even though I’m paying taxes. They had insane lists of crap I didn’t even think would be used in schools.

  77. trollkiller says:

    @ycats: No you just make every student bring a pack for the classroom. Let’s see 30 kids X 5 periods = 150 packs of tissues.

    Sorry I am just tired of teachers crying poor. You get a year’s wages for 9 months of work. Just so you don’t feel alone, I get tired of cops and firemen crying poor too.

  78. vladthepaler says:

    This is their subtle way of encouraging employees to have sticky fingers.

  79. Nemesis_Enforcer says:

    @mindshadow: HN of Ca charges thier employees $36 a month to park. They say you can park on the street but the building is next to a major street with no parking and bordered by a Bankruptcy court building. So there might be 5-10 spots if you get there real early. If you carpooled they didn’t charge you so the wife and I always carpooled. I think the parking/complex owners actually charged HN $70 a month per parking spot.

  80. flgator says:

    I work at BOA and received the article via email from a co-worker. I was astounded. First, we have never been supplied with free soup and crackers. Second, they took away the ability to have assorted flavored teas sometime last year. Third, they will allow sugar loaded hot chocolate but not sugar free….what about us diabetics who can’t have the sugar. Is this an infraction of the ADA policies?

    Then I spoke to an associate who just came back from the offshore office in India. Guess what??? They get FREE breakfast, lunch and dinner. You know, you could cut my pay if you are going to feed me three meals a day.

    Also in the interest of going “green”, we no longer get bottled water. Instead they put in a filtered machine for water, which is fine, but it doesn’t dispense hot water. A co-worker purchased a coffee machine just so we can have hot water for our tea, which we buy ourselves.

    I’m by no means stating that a company owes me any of these perks. However, if you give them, don’t expect people to be happy when you then take them away. Especially when Mr. Lewis hasn’t lost a penny. I would love to receive just a portion of the many stock options he receives every year. I only want recognition for the work I do. Is that too much to ask for???

  81. SweetAtheist says:

    The next step will be farming all those wonderful soapless BoA jobs out to other countries. Like Mexico and India.