CHICAGO, December 5, 2013 –Workers have reason for holiday cheer this season as employers continue to give back to their employees with holiday perks (bonuses, parties, gifts). The national survey was conducted online by Harris Interactive© from August 13 to September 6, 2013, and included a representative sample of 3,484 workers and 2,099 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.
Bonuses: Forty-five percent of employers are planning on giving their employees holiday bonuses this year, in line with 46 percent in 2012. Forty percent plan to provide the same size or larger bonus this year.
Parties: Three in five (59 percent) employers are throwing company holiday parties for their workers in December (the same as 2012) and more than half (54 percent) expect them to be the size of last year’s party or slightly bigger. Two in five workers say they plan to attend their company party this season.
Gifts: Thirty-five percent of employers plan on giving their employees holiday gifts this year, on par with last year (36 percent).
Twenty-two percent of workers plan on exchanging gifts with co-workers this holiday season, while 21 percent are buying a gift for their boss. The majority (78 percent) of workers who plan to buy gifts for their co-workers expect to spend $25 or less on each gift, 36 percent will spend $10 or less, and 10 percent will spend $5 or less.
While most gift exchanges between co-workers contain relatively standard holiday gifts, some gifts stand out as particularly extraordinary. When asked to share the most unusual gifts received from co-workers, workers reported receiving:
1. 50 pounds of fresh Louisiana shrimp
2. A toothpaste squeezer
3. A hand-painted porcelain clown with silk clothes on it
4. A unicorn calendar
5. A painted concrete chicken
6. A plaster cast of a co-worker’s hand
7. Camouflage toilet paper
8. Homemade laundry detergent
10. A talking fly swatter
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of CareerBuilder among 3,484 U.S. workers and 2,099 hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government) between August 13 and September 6, 2013 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 3,484 and 2,099, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/-1.66 and +/-2.14 percentage points, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies. For full survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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