The end of the year is often the busiest time for many companies. There are deals to close, projects to finish, plans to be made, and it all needs to be done by January 1. But many companies still take a little bit of time to celebrate the holiday season, despite all the added year-end stresses.
Recently, G&A Partners asked its Facebook fans to let us know how their organizations celebrated the holidays. Here’s what they had to say about holidays in their offices:
About 70 percent of respondents said that their organization is hosting a holiday party or celebration this year. In fact, according to a survey of small business owners published by Bank of America, company holiday parties are on the rise: The Fall 2014 Small Business Owner Report found a 6 percent increase in the number of small business owners planning to throw a party for their employees.
The vast majority of the people who took our survey said that their employer rewards employees with a holiday bonus. The BOA Small Business Owner Report also noted a slight increase (4 percent) in the number of small business owners who intended to give their employees holiday bonuses this year compared to 2013.
When it comes to actual days off respondents received during the holidays, the response was pretty well divided, with the majority of people receiving three to four days off. Of course, the number of days off employees receive during the holidays largely depends on what industry they’re in. According to the most recent Allstate/National Journal Heartland Poll, 45 percent of Americans say that they are likely to work on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Day this year.
PTO During The Holidays
Almost 90 percent of survey respondents said that they will not using the last of their paid time off (PTO) during the holidays this year. And while some respondents may simply have already used up their PTO earlier in the year, this number is reflective of a larger trend: Americans will have an average of 12 unused vacation days by the end of the year, according to a survey conducted by Hotwire.com. This number is double the number of unused vacation days Americans reported at the end of 2011.
How do your holiday perks stack up with our survey results? Let us know by leaving a comment below.
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