Don’t expect much from your co-worker this holiday, according to a new survey on gift-giving.
The “WorkSphere” survey conducted recently by Harris Poll for Spherion Staffing Services found 56 percent of workers surveyed don’t plan to give gifts to co-workers and 59 percent don’t plan to give them their bosses.
The reasons for not buying a gift vary. For 43 percent of those who aren’t giving a gift, the reason is they feel they would have to buy something for everyone. Others say they don’t know their colleagues well enough to extend a gift, while some said they don’t want to give the impression they are brown-nosing.
The survey questioned more than 873 U.S. adults employed full/part-time in November.
The good news is that more businesses are handing out bonuses this year, according to a Bank of America survey last month. The survey of small businesses found 52 percent plan to give their employees a holiday bonus, compared with 49 percent last year.
For those lucky colleagues on the receiving end of gift-giving, the Spherion survey found the average cost of gifts will be $67.
Among other findings in the Spherion survey:
* 59 percent of workers don’t care if they don’t get a gift.
* Nearly a fifth of workers won’t take any paid days off around the holidays.
* A third will lose at least two paid days off because they can’t take them before the end of the year.