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Don't Complain About No Bonus

Q. I didn't get any bonus this year. That's really rotten, since my salary isn't that high and I count on holiday money. I know I should be grateful to have a job in this economy, but don't you think the company should do something to show appreciation for my good work and excellent attendance?

Ans. No. The company should do it's best to keep going through the toughest economy since the 1930s, and if you still have your job, when those about you are losing theirs, you surely should be grateful. Your company is not unusual. According to economists, the recovery began in July 2009. But, for many companies, the recovery simply means they are no longer hemorrhaging money. Even if they're stable many are not in a position to start giving perks, says John A. Challenger, CEP of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. He says it's not surprising that bonus activity is stagnant. Good news is that we can see some light at the end of this tunnel and we all may have better luck next year.

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