The survey, which questioned 2,203 human resources professionals and 3,103 employees in the United States, also found that 63% of employer respondents plan to provide a Christmas party for their workforce, up from 59% in 2013 and 60% in 2012. However, just two in five members of staff are planning to attend.
Meanwhile, just under half (47%) of employer respondents are planning on giving their staff a bonus this year, and 11% plan to give a larger sum than last year.
The research also found:
- 21% of employee respondents plan to buy Christmas gifts for colleagues.
- 20% of employee respondents plan to buy a gift for their boss.
- Of staff who plan to buy a gift for their co-workers or boss, 76% expect to spend $25 (£15.89) or less on each present, 33% plan to spend $10 (£6.36) or less and 10% $5 (£5.18) or less.
- 40% of employer respondents plan to give gifts to staff, up from 35% in 2013.
- 42% will give charitable donations in employee’s names.
Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at Career Builder, said: ”For many employers, the holidays are a time to look back and celebrate all they have accomplished as an organisation over the past year.
”Parties, bonuses and gifts are a way to recognize employees for their accomplishments and set a positive tone as they go into the New Year.”