Personally, I feel this comic would be funnier were it not an accurate portrayal of life. Does the definition of ‘good employee’ now start with “never expects to have his /her work recognized by a pay increase”?
A youth I knew a couple of years ago was very happy at his fast-food job. He had worked there 2 years, worked hard, and, told me, was told by his supervisor how much his commitment was valued. Since I asked, he also told me he had never received a raise in 2 years.
By contrast, the fast food job I had in high school came with quarterly opportunities for performance review and potential raise. Thus, I was not only told my work was valued, I was paid like it.
If employers are making money, it seems to me employees are entitled (yes, I’ll use that word) to some reward too.
Empty words don’t offer much reward.