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r-end rewards are alive and well with nearly 60 percent of workers reporting that their companies provide office parties, cash bonuses and other gifts or rewards. Forty percent of workers in a recent study by Xylo said that such rewards increase their workplace loyalty.

Fifty-eight percent of employed people in the survey receive some type of year-end recognition from their employer.

Looking at income and employment status with regard to the receipt of year-end or holiday rewards, the Xylo report found:

Employment Status Receive Rewards No Rewards
Full-time employees 62 percent 34 percent
Part time employees 44 percent 47 percent


Less than $15,000 42 percent 41 percent 18 percent
$15,000-30,000 56 percent 37 percent 7 percent
$30,000-40,000 63 percent 29 percent 8 percent
$40,000-60,00065 percent 34 percent 1 percent
More than $60,000 58 percent 38 percent 4 percent

Rewards Boost Employee Morale

Distributing year-end or holiday rewards may pay off for employers as the practice increases employee morale. Forty percent of survey respondents who receive such recognition note that the practice has a positive effect on their company loyalty, two percent note a negative effect and 58 percent report that receiving year-end or holiday rewards has no negative effect on their company loyalty.

Forty-three percent of men commented that receiving year-end rewards affects their company loyalty in a positive way, while only 36 percent of women feel the same way. Within age groups, the following percentages report that their company loyalty is affected in a positive manner because they receive year-end rewards:
  • 44 percent of workers under age 35
  • 35 percent of those in the 35 - 54 age group
  • 46 percent of those over age 55 and over

Office Parties, Cash Bonuses Top the List of Year-End Rewards With Men Getting More Cash

End-of-year recognition may come in the form of anything from a personal gift to an office-wide reward (such as a holiday party) or both. Respondents noted they receive such awards in the following percentages:

Personal Rewards
Office-wide Rewards Both
Total 27 percent 37 percent 30 percent
Women 13 percent 42 percent 38 percent
Men 37 percent 34 percent 25 percent

When asked what types of things their employers do for them as year-end or holiday rewards, respondents mentioned a variety of items:
  • Office party (52 percent)
  • Cash bonus (49 percent)
  • Turkey/other food gift (13 percent)
  • Individual gifts (10 percent)
  • Gift certificate (9 percent)
  • Meals - general(7 percent)

Sixty-two percent of women are employed by companies that throw parties, while only 45 percent of men are. Conversely, 55 percent of men receive cash bonuses compared to 40 percent of women.

Despite the fact that over half of employees' companies throw office parties, it was the second most-mentioned type of reward employees want (11 percent). A cash bonus, at 46 percent, placed first.
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