Last week, we reported here on employer holiday party plans and how to have one without going to jail. Here’s more on what employers are planning this holiday season.
Bonuses: 45% of employers plan to give employees holiday bonuses this year, slightly grinchier than last year’s 46%. Even grinchier, only 40% plan to provide a larger or same-size bonus this year.
Parties: Adding to the flurry of facts and figures we furnished last week, according to a new survey by CareerBuilder 59% of employers will have holiday parties (about the same as 2012). Balancing out the bonus grinchiness, more than half (54%) plan for larger or at least similar-sized parties compared to last year. Interestingly, employees may not be all that enthused about the parties, with roughly only 2 in 5 saying they’ll attend.
Gifts: Only 35% of employers plan to give employees holiday gifts this year, down slightly from last year’s 36%. Only about 1 in 5 (22%) of employees plan to exchange gifts with their co-workers. Even fewer (21%) plan to give the boss a gift. Most (78%) plan to spend $25 or less and 10% plan to spend a rather paltry $5 or less.
Helpful Gift Ideas: Plan to buy a gift but don’t know what to get yet? Here are some of the more … creative gifts some employees reported getting from a co-worker last year:
- camouflage toilet paper
- plaster cast of a co-worker’s hand
- painted concrete chicken
- 50 pounds of shrimp
- unicorn calendar
- talking fly swatter
- toothpaste squeezer
- homemade laundry detergent
- creepy porcelain clown
(Source: CareerBuilder Annual Holiday Survey)