This month, many employees across the globe will be heading to their company's holiday party. As the workers gather, a significant number will think about how they wish they received a cash bonus rather than a party.
What would you prefer: a Christmas party or some type of monetary reward? A new survey conducted by Harris Interactive for Glassdoor.com looks at the top work resolutions for American employees and their preferred holiday perks.
Although a lot of workplaces will hold holiday parties instead of giving cash rewards, workers would rather receive a cash bonus (73 percent), an increase in salary (60 percent), paid time off (36 percent), a grocery gift card (29 percent) or even having the opportunity to work from home for one year (13 percent).
It seems a holiday party with an open bar is the second-least wanted employer-gifted holiday perk with a commuter subsidy being the last on an employee’s Christmas wish list. According to the polling data, anything but an office party during the month of December would be preferable.
When it comes to looking towards the future, many employees are starting to think about their work-related resolutions for 2013. In a tough economy where jobs are scarce, taxes are rising, companies are cautious about expansion and the entrepreneur isn’t starting up a business, it could be difficult for a worker to obtain such goals.
Despite this, the No. 1 aspiration for a worker is to get a raise in salary (32 percent), while the second on the list is developing leadership skills (24 percent). The study also found that a worker just wants to find a new job entirely (23 percent), improve his or her performance (21 percent) and attend work-related training sessions (16 percent).
More than one-in-10 desire to take all earned vacation days or go back to school.
Socializing with colleagues more and even getting the boss fired generated only single-digit objectives.
The online survey was conducted with 2,059 American adults between Nov. 8 and Nov. 12. It does not contain a margin of error.