June 17th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
The Hearst and Harpo job boards have undoubtedly gotten a workout since news broke yesterday that Oprah Winfrey had given her magazine staff perhaps one of the best gifts a boss can give these days: iPads, leather carrying cases, and – clearly the best part of the present – checks for $10,000.
While that kind of generosity is jaw-dropping in an economy where just holding onto a job can be difficult, let alone getting a tidy lump sum from the boss, Winfrey’s staff is likely used to it.
Back in 2005, Winfrey unloaded checks for $5,000 on her magazine staff to celebrate what was then the publication’s 5th anniversary. That same year, Winfrey took her staff on an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Last year, Winfrey did it again and sent the staff of her show on a 10-day cruise to the Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy, Turkey, Greece and Malta. The cruise was all-expenses paid for the staff and their family members, including food, transport and activities at the ports of call – the kind of trip that can run about $5,400 a head.
Now, back to hunting those job boards…
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