(CareerBuilder news release) Workers have reason for holiday cheer this season as employers continue to give back to their employees with holiday perks, according to a study released by CareerBuilder this week.
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. One 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