We’re right in the middle of the holiday season. Hanukkah has started, and Christmas and Kwanzaa are just a few weeks away. A lot of companies have holiday parties to celebrate this time of year. In my department, we usually have a holiday lunch or potluck. (Potlucks are the best – especially when deviled eggs are involved.)

But what do employees truly love about the holiday season? Randstad US decided to find out by surveying 1,232 employees. Here are the results:

  • 70% said “time off”
  • 54% said “holiday spirit in the workplace”
  • 41% said “coworkers are happier”
  • 34% said “getting a bonus”
  • 33% said “holiday parties”
  • 22% said “employee potluck”
  • 11% said “cookie exchange”
  • 9% said “gift swap”

It’s no surprise that “time off” is the most popular answer. Nothing is better than taking a few days to rest, relax, and spend time with family and friends.

I am a little surprised that employee potlucks aren’t more highly rated. I mean, come on people! The food is delicious!

It should be noted that philanthropic activities are also important to employees. 75% of employees said that it was important to them that their office participate in philanthropic initiatives during the holiday season.


Kal, J. (n.d.). What do employees love most about the holidays in the workplace? Monster. Retrieved from: https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/holidays-at-work-1117