Do you oversee the holiday gift-giving traditions within your IT department? Fortunately, the level of generosity within organizations is seeing a significant increase this year, and CIOs don't need to shy away from hosting holiday parties and/or providing gifts to employees to demonstrate appreciation for their hard work throughout the year. At least, this is the impression conveyed in a survey from CareerBuilder. The survey, which includes responses from 3,600 workers and 2,600 employers, reveals that the awarding of bonuses, staging of holiday parties and giving of gifts are all on the rise this season. "Many employers are financially in a better place this season [than they were in 2009] and recognize the positive impact holiday perks can have on office morale," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. "Companies are not only giving back to employees this holiday season, but 45 percent say their charitable donations will be the same or more than previous years." As a special survey "bonus," CareerBuilder also reveals what can only be described as the most outrageous "oddball" gifts that employees have received over the years. Here are highlights from the findings:
33 percent of employers plan to give their workers holiday bonuses in 2010, up from 29 percent last year.
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