Bonuses, Parties, And Gifts Give Workers Holiday Cheer

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Looking for some holiday cheer at work and can’t seem to find it? Do not fear. It’s on it’s way.

The annual holiday survey from CareerBuilder found employers are planning to boost your mood. Companies are giving back to their employees in the form of holiday perks such as bonuses, parties, and gifts, so get excited.


Forty-five percent of employers are planning on giving their employees holiday bonuses this year. That’s pretty consistent with last year’s 46 percent, but it gets better. Not only are they planning to grant bonuses, but 40 percent plan to provide the same size or larger bonus this year. That means a little extra cash for holiday gifts or some extra spending money for the vacation you’re planning!


Three in five (59 percent) employers are throwing company holiday parties for their workers in December and, just like with bonuses, they’re getting bigger and better. 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 holiday season, so make sure you’re one of them. There’s nothing like a celebration in the winter months to lift your spirits.


Finally, 35 percent of employers plan to give their employees holiday gifts this year, and 22 percent of workers plan to exchange with coworkers. Exchanging gifts among coworkers is a great way to say thank you for all the hard work you’ve accomplished together during the year.

If you’re unsure what to spend, 78 percent of workers who plan to buy gifts for coworkers plan to spend $25 or less on each gift, 36 percent will spend $10 or less, and 10 percent will spend $5 or less.

Usually, coworkers will exchange simple gifts around the holidays, but the CareerBuilder survey uncovered some pretty unusual gifts as well. Here are the top 10 most unusual gifts people received from their coworkers:

  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 coworker’s hand
  7. Camouflage toilet paper
  8. Homemade laundry detergent
  9. Stamps
  10. A talking fly swatter

Those gifts are pretty silly, but there are plenty of other things you can get your coworkers to show you appreciate them.

No matter if you exchange gifts or not, there are lots of things to look forward to during the holiday season. Whether your boss gives bonuses, parties, gifts, or some combination of the three, you can look forward to ending the year with some excitement.

What are you most looking forward to about the holiday season?

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