“Christmas bonus? What’s that?”
Canadians who entered the workforce within the last few years are likely asking that question when asked if they’re expecting a holiday bonus from their employer.
A survey by finance website Bankrate.com reveals that less than 25% of Americans expect to receive a gratuity from their place of work this Christmas.
It conflicts with a report by consultancy firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas last year, which suggested that 78% of those surveyed said their companies were offering a year-end bonus or gift (Maybe a large number of those companies were offering gifts that were not a lump sum cash payment).
Bankrate.com believes that this proves we live in “pessimistic times,” and that “workers have lived through a huge recession and come out the other side of it, and are still seeing fewer opportunities for bonuses – and they’re sort of just conditioned to this fact.”
Is it necessary for a company to hand out a Christmas bonus to their employees? Is a regular salary and a job in this business climate a bonus in itself? Will you be getting a bonus this Christmas?
If you are expecting one, just pray that it isn’t this: