This may be rambling and incoherent - I'll do my best to stay on topic and to self-edit.
Usually around Christmas everyone wants to take vacation time, but the office still needs to be staffed, so they limit the number of people who can be off at the same time. A couple of years ago our senior management team made the decision to let employees who worked on Christmas Eve day leave 2 hours earlier than the end of their scheduled shift and get paid for those 2 hours. It was a perk for the employees who had to come in that day. If you took a vacation day on Christmas Eve, however, you had to use 8 hours of PTO.
This year, our senior management team made the decision to close the office at 12:00 on Christmas Eve. They also decided it was dumb to limit the amount of people who could have the day off, since most of the companies or agencies we do business with are closed or are short-staffed also. Additionally, for reasons I still don't understand, they've also decided to pay everyone for 4 hours, whether they work or not. So, basically, if you choose to take the day off, you can and you only have to use 4 hours of PTO and the Company will pay for the other 4 hours to give you a full day's pay. If you don't have any PTO and you choose to work that day, you only have to work 4 hours and the company will pay you for a full 8-hour day. Sounds great, right? Yeah, not to everyone, apparently...
One of our Special Little Snowflakes has decided that this is somehow unfair. In the past, the extra 2 hours of pay was a REWARD for coming in and working, but NOW the Company is going to pay EVERYONE 4 hours whether they work or not and to her, that's not fair! It's not fair that if she comes in to work, someone who chooses to take off that day still gets the same benefit she gets. She's, in her words, "being PENALIZED" for coming in and working.
Wait, what? Seriously? Yeah, she's in a snit because everyone gets 4 hours paid and she's evidently pissed because she gets paid for an additional 2 hours and has to work 2 hours LESS than in previous years...let that sink in. She's mad and thinks it's unfair because why should EVERYONE get this "perk"? What the fuck is wrong with you? I don't understand this logic. Can someone please explain this to me? Also, can someone explain the word "penalize" to her, because I don't think it means what she thinks it means.
OK, fine, so she's just some random malcontent - EXCEPT, no, she's posted this all over her Facebook page and because she's a goddamned genius, she's "friended" her supervisor, who then brings it to HR, because now it's a "morale issue". Wait, back up. The Company is paying employees to not work or to be at work for half a day and somehow we have a morale problem because of this? I swear don't understand. Am I being dense? Can someone PLEASE explain this to me?