PAR-TAY! Companies are once again celebrating the holidays: survey

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A record number of workers will see holiday cheer in the office this year as the highest proportion of employers since the recession say they plan to give back — not only to their staff, but to charity as well, according to CareerBuilder’s annual holiday survey.

Harris Poll conducted the national survey online from August 16 to September 15, 2017 and included representative samples of 3,907 employees (of which 3,697 are in the private sector) and 2,257 full-time hiring managers and human resource professionals in the private sector across industries and company sizes.

With the strong economy and solid corporate profits, employers are finding different ways to ensure workers enter the holiday season with added cheer, including:

  • Parties: 71 percent of employers plan on throwing a holiday party for employees this year — up from 69 percent from last year and 61 percent in 2008.
  • Bonuses: 61 percent of employers plan to give employee holiday bonuses this year — up significantly from 54 percent last year and 38 percent in 2008.
  • Gifts: More than half of employers (55 percent) are buying gifts for workers this year — up from 46 percent last year and 33 percent in 2008.
  • Charities: Over half of all employers (52 percent) plan to make charitable donations this year, up from 48 percent in 2016.

The survey also found that 22 percent of workers say they plan to buy holiday gifts for their co-workers. Female workers this year are more likely to give gifts to colleagues (28 percent) than males (16 percent).

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Strange gifts
The survey also listed some unusual gifts workers have received from co-workers in the past during the holidays:

Source:, 12-15-17

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