Do you know what your employees want for the holidays? If your first guess was a holiday party with an open bar, a new Glassdoor survey might surprise you.
Some 2,000 U.S.-based employees and job seekers told Glassdoor what they wanted from employers this holiday season and what they hoped to achieve in the new year. Money topped both lists.
Seventy-three percent of respondents say a cash bonus would be among their top choices for employer-gifted holiday perks in 2012, topping even salary raise (60%) and paid time off (36%). A holiday party, even with free liquor, was a much lower priority with only 5% putting it on their wish lists. Other less-desired stocking stuffers included shares of company stock (9%), gym memberships (7%) and commuter subsidies (2%).
Three in four employees say they are eligible for a bonus this year, up from 63% at the end of 2008, and 58% of those expect to receive one.
“When it comes to holiday perks, be sure to communicate and draw a line of sight to what made the perk possible,” advises Rusty Rueff, a Glassdoor career and workplace expert. “For example, are we partying tonight because the company achieved its annual goals? Did a specific department surpass projections? It’s essential to explain to employees what made a perk possible so they understand their hard work is appreciated and recognized, as well as providing history and context if next year isn’t as good.”
In terms of wage-earners’ New Year resolutions, nothing beat out getting a salary bump, named by 32% of survey respondents. Twenty-four percent said one of their top work-related resolutions for 2013 was to develop leadership skills, and 23% intend to look for a new job. Twenty-one percent named improving job performance and 9% said socializing more with colleagues.
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