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December 2016

Survey Looks at Holiday Gift Practices

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More employers planned to throw holiday parties for their employees this year, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. CareerBuilder’s annual national holiday survey was conducted by Harris Poll, and included more than 3,300 employees and 2,379 hiring managers and HR professionals across industries and company sizes.

The survey found that nearly half (46 percent) of employers were planning to give their employees gifts this year—on par with last year. But the survey also found that they have other ways of getting into the holiday spirit. Some 69 percent of employers planned to through a holiday party, up 3 percent from last year. More than half (54 percent) of employers planned to give holiday bonuses this year, with 15 percent saying that the bonus will be greater than last year. And nearly half of all employers (48 percent) said they planned to enrich the lives of those outside of the office by making charitable donations.

The survey also took a look at gift exchange events in the office, asking workers to share the most unusual gift they have received from a fellow employee during the holiday season.

Some 22 percent of workers said they planned to buy holiday gifts for co-workers, and 21 percent planned to buy a gift for the boss, similar to last year.

Traditional holiday gifts were common—everything from ornaments and gift cards to books and candy. But for a good laugh, take a gander at this list of the most unusual presents workers received: two left-handed gloves, a jar of gravy, a fake lottery ticket, a real stuffed duck, dish detergent, a singing chicken and a pen holder that looks like a crime scene victim.

Your holiday business gift planning may be past, but be sure to start thinking ahead to next year. And if you really want your gift to be effective, make sure you work with incentive industry experts who know how to put together a business gift plan from start to finish.