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United Airlines reverses its plans for a lottery bonus program

United Airlines reverses its plans for a lottery bonus program”

Following the backlash, United Airlines has chose to shelve the new system - for now.

The new program rolled out by United Airlines attempted to replace the quarterly performance bonus with a lottery; according to the leaked memo, airline employees who met certain performance metrics would be entered into a lottery system whereby winners were to be selected by a random draw every three months.

"I can't imagine driving the Mercedes into the employee lot while everyone around me that worked just as hard, or harder got nothing".

A new staff bonus reward program implemented by United Airlines was quickly canned after employees sharply criticized it.

Last week, United Airlines issued an internal memo notifying employees of its plans to drop the performance-based bonuses for a new program called "core4 Score Rewards".

"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.

One of the comments made by unhappy employees focused on the timeliness that United Airlines has been able to achieve over the last two years; as the most reliable airline operating in the United States, switching to a lottery system for the goal of rewarding employees who make this reliability possible does not make sense. In one fell swoop, it is crushed again.

It would have been available only to workers with a ideal attendance record and when the airline met certain performance targets.

The rewards program also drew ire in more public social-media forms, with some taking to Twitter to question the logic behind it.

According to United's latest earnings report, employees earned approximately $30 million in incentive payments for achieving operations performance goals in the fourth quarter ending in December, and approximately $87 million in earned bonuses in 2017.

Based on employee reactions, the program wasn't inspired by United's staff needs and requests.

"So, we are pressing the pause button on these changes to review your feedback and consider the right way to move ahead", the message continued. The report did not break out bonuses for executives and other workers.

Instead, the airline will be reaching out to employee work groups to make changes that "better reflect [employee] feedback". A United spokesperson did not say how many people complained about the change, but it was a "significant enough number".



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