Holiday party time

Workers have reason for cheer this season as bosses show their appreciation with bonuses, gifts and parties. Earlier this year, Harris Interactive surveyed more than 5,000 employees and companies about their holiday plans.

The survey found 45 percent of employers intend to give bonuses, down slightly from 46 percent in 2012, with the bonuses the same or slightly larger than last year. Only two in five (59 percent) of companies are throwing holiday parties, the same number as last year.

Workers are the real Scrooges. Only 59 percent plan to attend their company party, and slightly less than one-quarter will buy gifts for colleagues.

Thirty-five percent of employers—the same as in 2012—expect to give workers holiday gifts. Though most gifts are pretty standard, the survey uncovered some unusual ones:

50 pounds of fresh Louisiana shrimp

A toothpaste squeezer

A hand-painted porcelain clown in silk clothes

A unicorn calendar

A painted concrete chicken

A plaster cast of a co-worker's hand

Camouflage toilet paper

Homemade laundry detergent


A talking flyswatter

--By Christina Medici Scolaro

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