Around this time of year, many employees look forward to the gifts that grateful employers feel fit to bestow upon them - whether it’s a Christmas party, a small box of chocolates or even a free drink at the local bar.
However, if you work for the Queen - whom Forbes estimate to have a personal worth of £415million - you might think you’d earned a bonus fit for a King. Or, y’know, Queen.
In a tradition started by her grandfather, George V, the Queen gifts each of her 1,500 staff members a Christmas pudding, as well as a card.
In previous years, the Christmas pudding was purchased from Harrods or Fortnum & Mason. (It all sounds good thus far.)
However, this year, there are reports that the Queen has switched to Tesco’s when buying gifts for her staff. Media commentators are viewing this as a penny-pinching move.
Whilst longer serving staffers get gift vouchers, junior members might expect a Tesco’s dessert - ranging from £1.50 to £8 in price.
Although this might not seem like such an issue, low-value perks, benefits and bonuses can actually negatively impact staff morale.
Staff might think that their employer isn’t attuned to what they want and need or, simply, doesn’t value their hard work.
Recently, Amazon came under scrutiny after it was reported that supervisers were giving staff on 11-hour shifts 7p chocolates in order to boost spirits.
The worker who revealed this also said that he was “dead” after just four shifts and admitted crying on his commute to work.
In this instance, the chocolate ‘perk’ comes across as insensitive and tone deaf.
For the sake of the Queen’s Christmas staff, let’s hope the Tesco pudding is at least from the top-of-the-shelf range.