Some employees will complain — no matter what

ManagementSome things are just too special not to share.

What follows is one of those things.

This is a real life, honest-to-goodness “unsubscribe” email that recently came to us in response to one of our e-marketing campaigns.

Here it is reprinted unabridged, missing punctuation and all:

(Dear sir)

 Please unsubscribe me

 I am not a manager

 In fact I’m not even an employee

 I’m a slave of the new American Corporate Dream

 I am cannon fodder

 I am a consumer

 An entity with no rights- only an obligation to burn gasoline and grow my personal debt

 If possible, don’t just delete me from your subscriber files

 Delete me entirely- delete my beliefs, delete my heritage, delete my DNA

I Dare You
This email came from a fellow named Greg. I won’t share the last name, so as not to place him on the spot.

It’s safe to say he is not our typical marketing demographic (ha-ha).

But that may just be one of the best unscribes ever!

(Got a good one? Feel free to share it below in the comments.)

Part of the point of sharing that email is, some employees will complain.

Very often they have real gripes and good managers need to be alert to that, and respond effectively.

After all, that’s what this ManageElite blog is about, building better employees.

But sometimes, people just complain to complain.

Bottoms up!

And, as if you actually needed proof of that, consider this employment lawsuit out of California, where apparently there is no such thing as a free beer any more.

A former employee of Anheuser-Busch, the largest brewing company in the U.S.,  filed a complaint under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The ex-worker noted that he received various forms of non-cash, incentive compensation from the brewer – most notably free or discounted beer.

The problem, according to the worker: The company failed to include the value of the beer — which was termed “incentive pay” — when determining his regular rate of pay.

That led the plaintiff to be underpaid in his overtime compensation, he said.

This may just be the first time ever a worker complained about free beer.

There are two main takeaways here. First, some employees will complain no matter what you do.

Second, there’s no time like the present to make sure that you’re doing your regular rate of pay calculations correctly.

The case is Controulis v. Anheuser-Busch, LLC.


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