I hope you realize how fortunate you have been that this company has been owned by such generous and decent people as the Bitzers and Taylors. Believe me, it could have been otherwise! Today will be your last opportunity to express your appreciation for their 60+ years of support and leadership of The Press.
I mean, there are prisons and workhouses. Be glad you aren’t in one of those!
I’ve had people get shirty with me when I advise Kids Today that you don’t owe your bosses shit beyond what you’re paid for, that if you want to put something extra into your job by all means do it, but do it for your own sake, and that until you’re your own boss there’s no real loyalty and there really never was.
Most of the time you end up with this shit: You should be grateful we didn’t beat you HARDER. You should be happy your bosses are your bosses. Good bosses are to be treasured, true, but one of the hallmarks of a good boss is he doesn’t generally spend the whole day constructing elaborate memos about how much he fucking CRUSHES IT at being boss.
The entire narrative that one owes fealty to one’s betters, either political or societal or occupational, is offensive in the extreme. You work, you get paid for that work, hopefully y’all don’t hate each other and everybody’s happy. There’s no reason to slobber on anyone’s shoes and it’s a deeply insecure boss who wants that in the first place.