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Getting into the holiday spirit

Thursday December 18, 2014 Written by 
More employers plan to offer holiday perks in the form of parties, bonuses and gift this year.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey of American employers, 63 per cent plan to throw company holiday parties this year. That's up from 59 per cent in 2013 and 60 per cent in 2012.

Although two in five workers say they plan to attend the office holiday party, the overwhelming majority (96 per cent) report they would prefer a holiday bonus over a company bash (four per cent).

The good news is that many of these employees may get their wished for bonuses after all. Nearly half of all employers (47 per cent) plan to give employees a holiday bonus this year, up from 45 per cent in 2013. About one in 10 employers (11 per cent) report they will give a larger bonus this year than last year.

During the holiday season, employers' goodwill doesn't stop at parties and bonuses. Forty per cent of employers will give employees gifts this year, up from 35 per cent in 2013.

Forty-two per cent of employers report that they will give charitable donations this year.

The survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder. The survey polled 2,203 hiring managers and human resource professionals, and 3,103 American workers between Aug. 11 and Sept. 5. The margin of error for samples of this size are +/- 2.09 and +/- 1.76 per cent, respectively.

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