Monday, March 5, 2018

United Airlines Explores the Idea: What is the Antonym for Meritocracy

So I happened to come across a couple of articles about this. United Airlines shelves lottery bonus program after employee backlash is a summary of the recent news. Here's some additional analysis of the story, A memo the president of United Airlines just sent his staff shows exactly how not to treat your employees.

To summarize, should you not be interested in following the links, United Airlines recently announced a program to their employees stating that they were going to drop a bonus program that gave out bonuses based on meeting certain performance goals and replacing it with a bonus lottery "rewards" program where one employee per quarter might win $100,000. Apparently, they may have also has some smaller prizes as second and third tier awards. (Perhaps second prize is a set of steak knives...)

As I'm sure you can imagine, this brilliant bit of internal marketing (#satire) was not well received by employees. While I suspect that, when they were crafting this plan, they must have been focused on the idea of trying to make something exciting, the first thing that I thought of when I read about it is, what's the antonym for meritocracy? Here's a funny look at that from Quora.

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