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Employees with San Antonio jobs getting a bonus?

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

Christmas bonuses may be in the cards for some of those with San Antonio jobs, according to a recent Careerbuilder holiday survey.

According to the survey, more employers plan to offer holiday perks in the form of parties, bonuses and gifts this year than in years’ past.

Sixty-three percent of employers say they plan to throw company holiday parties this year, up from 59 percent in 2013 and 60 percent in 2012. Though 2 in 5 workers say they plan to attend the office holiday party, the overwhelming majority (96 percent) say they would prefer a holiday bonus over a company bash (4 percent).

Some employees, however, may get their bonus wish after all. Nearly half of employers (47 percent) plan to give employees a holiday bonus this year, up from 45 percent in 2013. More than 1 in 10 employers say they will give a larger bonus than last year (11 percent).

Employers’ seasonal goodwill doesn’t stop at parties and bonuses, either. Forty percent of employers (40 percent) will give employees gifts this year (up from 35 percent in 2013), and 42 percent will give charitable donations.

While many gift-bearing workers stick to more traditional holiday offerings, such as ornaments, candy and gift baskets, others get a little more creative with their definition of the word “gift:”

A box of Hot Pockets®.
A chess piece (just one piece, not a set).
A fire extinguisher.
A voucher for a free lawn game of the co-worker’s own invention.
A turquoise leather vest.
Zombie action figures.
A Ziploc® bag with coffee (enough to make one pot).
A ‘gun of the day’ calendar.
A bag of chips.
A Christmas ornament with the co-worker’s and spouse’s photos on it.