While some employers are using the end of the year to lay off workers, it's not bad news in all offices. A new survey of 2,494 managers and human resources workers finds that more are planning to offer bonuses, throw holiday parties and even give out gifts.
The survey by CareerBuilder, an AOL Jobs' sponsor, found that 46 percent plan to give holiday bonuses, versus 40 percent in 2011 and 33 percent in 2010. Thirty-six percent are giving holiday gifts, up from 30 percent in 2011 and 2010.
But if previous years are any guide, the gifts can be kind of wacky.
When asked to share the "most memorable gifts" workers had received from colleagues, they reported:
- CD of the co-worker's recorded songs.
- Dolphin oven mitt.
- 4 rolls of toilet paper.
- A harpoon.
- Can of wasp spray.
- Jar of sand.
- Homemade pickles.
- Conch shell.
- Lava lamp filled with fake fish.
- Body lotion with an expired "use by" date.
- Book about kittens.
What kinds of gifts have you received in past years?
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