I think I am a pretty fair guy. If you screw up I am going to call you out and if you do well, I am going to praise you. I don't care who you are or how much animosity I have shown you in the past, unless your name is Lindsay or Paris you have a chance of me being nice to you. Oh, or Diddy. Whatever you want to say about Oprah, it is hard to fault the way she rewards her employees. Four years ago she took all 100 of her employees plus their families to Hawaii. Just like the Olympics, four years later she is taking them all on a vacation again this year. This time she is footing the bill for all her employees and their families to take a Mediterranean cruise. Now, I know probably deep in my heart she is getting some kind of deal or discount. In case you are playing the Price Is Right showcase at home right now, the retail price of the trip is about $6000 a person. 100 people plus their families and you are talking about quite the chunk of change.
So what if the trip is free, at least she is making the effort to do something for her staff. Tyra Banks could use a lesson this. Happy employees means loyal employees which means don't do Burger King office parties for Christmas. Now Tyra doesn't make as much as Oprah. No one does. But, Tyra could certainly afford to take her staff to Hawaii and pay for it all. She won't though because Tyra only cares about herself. The only bad thing about the whole Oprah trip is that she is going on the cruise with her employees. Fail.
If you want your employees to actually have a vacation and let loose, the last thing you need is your boss on the trip with you. Vacations are about fun and debauchery. OK, well my vacations are about debauchery. But, still, imagine taking a week off and cruising Greece and Italy and Turkey and your boss is there. That part kind of blows. Still, better than Burger King.