Why Workers Are Overwhelmed by Holiday Pressures
It’s important for companies and their workers to be transparent and set ground rules for gift-giving, decor and events that match their office culture.
41% of U.S. workers say there’s too much pressure to buy holiday gifts for colleagues, bosses and many others.
Just 31% plan to give to co-workers at their level, down from 38% last year.
Only 28% expect to give a gift to their boss, down from 34% in 2014.
Just 19% intend to give to other colleagues, down from 24% a year ago.
Among those who plan to buy gifts for people at work, 44% would still give gifts to those who do not celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa to make them feel included.
51% say their company will celebrate the holiday season as an office, with 58% saying their employer typically acknowledges specific holidays between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
About one-of-five say their organization will host a non-denominational holiday party this year.
44% would prefer their company to host a general end-of-year celebration that isn’t specific to religious or cultural beliefs.
55% feel that the purpose of an office holiday celebration is to thank employees for their work throughout the year.
18% say their company isn’t planning to celebrate the holidays this year because—at least in part—employees are too spread out and there’s no single, central location to have a party.