94% of office workers want a Christmas gift from their employer

As the festive season approaches, digital print company, instantprint, has revealed what managers can be doing to show staff they are appreciated.

Over nine in 10 workers (94%) want a gift from their employers to make them feel valued, appreciated and happy this Christmas.

The research, which surveyed 1,500 UK office workers, also revealed the most in-demand gifts that employees would like to receive from their employers:

  • 29% would like a gift voucher
  • 28.8% would like an early finish
  • One in five (20%) would like a free bar at the company Christmas party
  • One in 10 (10.3%) would like a physical gift
  • 7% would like a charitable donation to be made in their name

Different sections of the workforce had varying demands. IT professionals would prefer an early finish this festive period, with 35% in the IT department choosing this as their ideal Christmas gift.

Senior management seem to have a more selfless approach to the gifts they would like to receive. One in ten (11%) said they would like a charitable donation to be made in their name, compared to the average demand for this present of just 7%.

There was some difference between men and women too. Women are the ones really pressing for gift vouchers, with 33% saying they are the ideal present, compared to just 23% of men.

Male employees seem to prefer a free bar, with 22% choosing this, compared to just 18% of women.

James Kinsella, CEO and co-founder of instantprint, said of the research: “Most organisation take part in the festive period, with decorations, Christmas parties and office secret Santas.

“But this research highlights how important a small show of gratitude can be for your workforce. Something as simple as an early finish, free bar at a party or a Christmas gift voucher can make employees feel valued and appreciated. This, in turn, can help boost employee morale, loyalty and productivity in the workplace.”

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