Bah humbug: British bosses

British employees are least likely to reward their staff at Christmas, according to a new GMIPoll on worldwide Christmas trends.

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British employees are least likely to reward their staff at Christmas, according to a new GMIPoll on worldwide Christmas trends.

The poll, which surveyed 17,000 consumers across 18 countries worldwide, found that 63% of UK respondents did not expect to receive a Christmas bonus this year. Only 8% expect to receive a gift voucher, and 3% are looking forward to a food basket.

The GMIPoll found that German and Australian employers are almost as mean as their British counterparts, with 56% of the respondents not expecting a company bonus this Christmas. In sharp contrast to Britain, Germany and Australia; Russian companies are far more likely to reward their employees (59%), closely followed by China (47%) and Canada (24%).

Dietmar Walter, managing director, GMI Europe said: ‘Despite what we’re reading in the papers about city bonuses, the poll demonstrates that the days of inflated bonuses are over; with the majority of UK businesses appear to be making prefer rewarding their employees in more modest ways.’

Most nations prefer to reward their employees in other ways – in Brazil 45% of employees are expecting a food basket, while gift vouchers are the most popular option in France. Worldwide, the GMIPoll found that employers tend to favour rewarding their staff with a Christmas party, perhaps to compensate for not giving out Christmas bonuses.

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