With the economy slowly improving, is your boss feeling generous this holiday season?
Not quite half — 45 percent — of U.S. employers plan to give employees holiday bonuses, according to a CareerBuilder survey released today.
That’s virtually unchanged from 46 percent a year ago.
Cash isn’t the only holiday perk. Fifty-nine percent of the companies surveyed said they would hold holiday parties this year, while 35 percent plan to give employees gifts, according to the survey.
Harris Interactive surveyed 3,484 workers and 2,099 hiring managers and human resource professionals representing a variety of industries and size of companies.
Bosses aren’t the only ones giving holiday gifts. Twenty-two percent of workers plan to give gifts to co-workers and 21 percent will give their boss a present.
Surveyors also asked workers to list some of the “most unusual” gifts they’ve received from a co-worker.
On the list:
50 pounds of fresh Louisiana shrimp
A picture of the boss’s family
A plaster cast of a co-worker’s hand
A half-eaten box of candy
Click here for the complete survey results.
A recent Pew Research Center survey found that more than half of Americans now favor legalizing marijuana.
The survey, coupled with the growing number of states that have passed laws legalizing recreational and medical use of pot, helps explain why there’s increasing talk of big tobacco and big pharmaceutical companies investing in the marijuana industry.
Marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, but if Big Business takes an interest who knows what could happen.
The NFL season opener is just days away and you know what that means – millions of American workers will spend company time managing their fantasy football teams.
An estimated 21.3 million workers are hooked on fantasy sports and they spend up to nine hours a week managing their make-believe teams, according to the outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., which spends a lot of time studying these kind of issues.
It’s about time somebody took a hard look at this time waster. All that lost work time is bad for the economy. Or is it?
With the Christmas shopping season entering the stretch run, Consumer Reports’ latest survey offers an interesting look at consumer attitudes.
Half of us are “enthusiastic” about the holiday shopping season, but almost one-third of Americans say they are worse off financially than they were last year, according to the Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping Poll.
The number of companies planning to give employees bonuses in 2010 is virtually unchanged from last year, according to a new survey.
Sixty-three percent of the HR professionals surveyed by the global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. said their companies planned to give year-end bonuses. Down slightly from 64 percent a year ago.
Of the companies planning to hand out bonuses, 30 percent said the dollar amount will be about the same as last year, while 16 percent said the checks will be smaller than in 2009.
Manufacturing growth is up and consumer confidence is rising, but the surest sign that the economy is improving is the growing number of company-sponsored holiday parties.
That’s right, Scrooge is losing his stranglehold on corporate America. This is truly good news, but don’t start making holiday toasts just yet. Most companies won’t be busting the bank with their party budgets.
Facebook and Twitter have millions of users worldwide, but a lot of corporate executives are worried the social media invasion could be bad for business, according to a survey released today.
Fifty-one percent of the chief financial officers who responded to the Accountemps survey said their greatest concern is that employees are wasting time at work. And 18 percent are worried employees are behaving unprofessionally.
Fantasy football fans can breathe easier — their indulgence is NOT killing the economy, says a survey released today.
Nearly 70 percent of the HR folks who responded to the survey said fantasy football had little to no impact on productivity even though many workers spend work-time managing their fantasy teams, according to global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.