Holiday Bonuses and Inappropriate Office Gifts

By Dennis McCafferty
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    One employee received a plaster cast of the co-worker's hand.

'Tis the season … for office workers to get a bit, well, weird. That's certainly the case for the 10 professionals who gave these oddball gifts to their colleagues during their office holiday party, as compiled by CareerBuilder.com. In addition to providing the chuckles inspired by these items, CareerBuilder also brings cheer with respect to results of its accompanying holiday-themed survey: Forty-five percent of employers plan to give their staffers holiday bonuses this year, and 40 percent plan to provide at least the same size—or larger—bonus as last year. Three out of five employers will throw holiday parties in December, and more than half expect the upcoming shindig to at least equal last year's. Meanwhile, 22 percent of employees are planning gift exchanges with co-workers, and 21 percent will buy a little something for the boss. As for how much to spend? The cut-off appears to be $25 or less, as 78 percent of workers intend to spend no more than that on office presents. More than 3,480 employees and nearly 2,100 managers and HR professionals took part in the research. Read below to see the strange holiday gifts professionals gave their colleagues.

This article was originally published on 2013-12-11
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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