Mansfield Aston Martin and other generous gestures
Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox received an impressive pat on the back following Saturday’s 8-1 victory against Barrow when chairman John Radford gave him his Aston Martin car.
The motor, worth up to £80,000, was waiting in the car park of the club after the game, already fitted with personalised MT51 COX registration plates.
Radford is the latest boss to make headlines after bestowing a lavish reward on an employee. Earlier this month an Australian boss stunned his staff by giving them $15 million (£10m) in bonuses as a thank you for their service.
Ken Grenda and his sons gave the cash rewards to almost 2,000 staff after the sale of their 66-year-old Melbourne-based bus company Grenada Corp.
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The bonuses, averaging $8,500, were based on the length of service. Some workers received $30,000 to $100,000 each, Australian media reported.
Some employees were so shocked by the gesture they contacted their banks to ask if there had been a mistake in their statements, the Daily Mail reported.
Mr Grenda said: "A business is only as good as its people and our people are fantastic" .
Meanwhile Christmas came early for staff at Derbyshire-based warehouse equipment maker MasterMover last year when they were each handed a £1,500 festive bonus.
The reward came after the company, based in the Airfield Industrial Estate, enjoyed a successful year.
The company has seen its turnover grow by 45 per cent to six million pounds.
Meanwhile world-famous chat show host Oprah Winfrey rewarded 100 colleagues for their efforts with a lavish staff cruise.
Winfrey paid more than £500,000 for an all-expenses-paid 10-day holiday which took in Malta, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Spain.
And it seems Mansfield chairman John Radford isn’t the only boss who knows a motor is the way to a man’s heart. Stefan Ackerie, the owner of more than 50 salons throughout Queensland and New South Wales, gave away four new Mercedes Benz to employees in 2011 and has been rewarding employees with cars since 1972.
But for Notts County goalie Kevin Pilkington, a slightly stranger pat on the back was on the cards – he was given free steaks for clean sheets. A local butcher would hand him prime steaks for every clean sheet of the season.
And for Olympic freestyle swimmer Rebecca Adlington, a pair of shoes was the dream reward. The Mansfield-born swimmer received a free pair of Jimmy Choo shoes from the local mayor in 2008 after her performance at the Beijing Olympics shot her to stardom.