Grindstone Readers Say Bah Humbug To Holiday Parties Along With The Rest Of America

According to a new survey from, there will be more holiday office parties this year. Roughly 58% of employers are planning holiday parties, up from 52% in 2010. But apparently everyone would rather be getting their holiday joy in the form of a year-end bonus.  Nearly three quarters of 2,574 workers questioned in a Harris poll said they would opt for a cash bonus, followed by 62% who would prefer a salary increase and 32% who wanted more paid time off. Only 4% put a Christmas party on the top of their holiday list. ”During tumultuous times, cash is king,” said Rusty Rueff, a career and workplace expert with Sausalito, Calif.-based workplace culture website “Until employees feel confident in their jobs, have cash in their pockets, can take care of the basics, and have enough time to take care of what needs to get done, everything else feels like fluff.”

Rueff said the fact that 32% were asking for more time off was the most surprising part of the results. He believes that is a result of the impact of a very intense, exhausting work culture taking its toll on people. “In the past, I don’t think we would have seen that.”

These bah humbug survey results matched up with The Grindstone’s own poll on whether you would prefer a holiday party or a cash bonus if your company was deciding between the two, which many are. Of The Grindstone readers that took the poll an overwhelming 98.6% said they would prefer a bonus over a party. Two of our smart readers commented that it really doesn’t have to be an either/or situation with bonuses and parties. A woman named Alison said, “In a choice between a party and a bonus I go bonus every time but it doesn’t have to be an either or situation. If an employer can’t afford a big party then organise a pub night and pay for the snacks, make everyone pay for their own drink or subsidise the drinks rather than making them free. Office parties are a great way to get people talking and can be done for very little money.”

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