As reported by the Chicago Business Journal, the program was introduced without warning by means of an internal memo penned by United Airlines president Scott Kirby, and it only took a few days of boisterous criticism by employees to roll the program back.
A new staff bonus reward program implemented by United Airlines was quickly canned after employees sharply criticized it.
The new bonus program is being met with outrage by employees.
The "exciting new rewards program" was to have replaced quarterly bonuses with the chance to win $100,000, vacation packages and even a luxury auto. United Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fortune.
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Contrast that with United's current bonus program which enables employees to receive up to $125 each month-$1,500 each year-paid in quarterly increments if the airline reaches certain goals.
United Airlines employees were told on Friday that each quarter, one of them would receive a $100,000 prize-and the news reportedly landed with a thud. Employees are said to be pretty displeased with the new approach. "It was unilaterally determined by management", Ken Diaz, president of United's chapter of the Association of Flight Attendants, said in a letter to his membership.
Pilots, flight attendants and other workers vocalized their distress on an internal employee website dubbed "Flying Together", where just four of roughly 500 posts were positive, according to another published account.
It felt like we had just gotten to a place where employee morale was up.
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"When no one "qualifies" because they called out sick due to the most very bad flu in years, or sick children, or life ... the company just makes more money for itself", she wrote. In one fell swoop, it is crushed again.
The carrier employs about 88,000 people around the world.
As detailed in United's recent 2017 fourth quarter earnings release, the company distributed approximately $30 million in earned incentive payments for achieving operations performance goals during the quarter. The report did not break out bonuses for executives and other workers.
So, we are pressing the pause button on these changes to review your feedback and consider the right way to move ahead. "All our hard work to make this company a success if we never call in sick".
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Deb Garbor, chief executive of Sol Marketing, says United executives "clearly didn't think through their how employees might react, and they didn't hold their own corporate culture in high regard".