HOLIDAY OFFICE PERKS..WHAT YOU WANT AND WHAT YOU'LL GET

             

Over the holiday season, things can get rather festive in some offices, but when it comes right down to it, the one way in which employees hope to get a little holiday cheer is with money.

A new poll by Spherion Staffing Services finds that the number one holiday perk most people want from their offices is a bonus (41%), although it sounds like most people shouldn’t hold their breath. The poll also notes that 46% of people say during the holidays their company doesn’t hand out bonuses or any other monetary gifts, and if they do, most people get less than $500. As for how offices handle the holidays, 52% say things are “business as usual” at their workplace, while 36% say their company is quite “generous” and another 13% describe them as “stingy.” 

But while bonuses may not be a given, some companies do offer other types of holiday perks. It seems a holiday party is the most common way offices celebrate the holidays, with 36% of employees saying their company is having a holiday party this year, while 28% say they are getting extra time off as a perk. Other holiday perks this year include (percentage of employees getting them): 

Holiday bonus (26%)Office closure between Christmas and New Years' Day (22%)Company-paid holiday meal (18%)Employee gift exchange (18%)And while some companies may not be good to their employees over the holidays, it seems they are good to those in need. In fact, 46% of employees say their company will do some sort of charitable activity to give back to the community, with food/clothing/toy/other drives the top activity (51%), followed by volunteer events (18%) and adopting a needy family or child (15%).

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