SAUSALITO - Cash is king when it comes to employer-gifted holiday perks, according to the jobs and career community Glassdoor.
Nearly three quarters (73 percent) of employees surveyed said they would most like a cash bonus. Glassdoor also found that employees who make more money are likely to want money -- 77 percent of employees with a total household income of $75,000+ per year want a cash bonus this holiday season, compared to 62 percent whose household income totals between $35,000-$49,900, 68 percent whose total household income is between $50,000-$74,900, and 72 percent whose total household income is less than $35,000.
"When it comes to holiday perks, be sure to communicate and draw a line of sight to what made the perk possible," said Rusty Rueff, Glassdoor career and workplace expert. "For example, are we partying tonight because the company achieved its annual goals? Did a specific department surpass projections? It's essential to explain to employees what made a perk possible so they understand their hard work is appreciated and recognized, as well as providing history and context if next year isn't as good."
Here's more from the worker wishlist:
- Cash, 73 percent
- Salary raise, 60 percent
- Paid time off that doesn't count against vacation, 36 percent
- Grocery gift cards, 29 percent
- Working from home for a year, 13 percent
- Company stock shares, 9 percent
- Health care subsidy, 9 percent
- Gym membership, 7 percent
- Holiday parties, 5 percent
The survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive© on behalf of Glassdoor. More than 2,050 U.S. workers ages 18 and older were surveyed from Nov. 8-12, 2012.