Check out BLR’s 2015 Holiday Survey Results

Yesterday we explored some of the results of BLR’s 2015 Holiday Survey. Today, more from the same survey.

Deck the Halls

If their holiday decorations are within reason, 69.9% of survey participants allow employees to display them. Another 20.4% allow employees to display whatever they want. Display of nonreligious decorations is allowed by 5.7%, and 1.9% forbid employees from holiday decorating.

Along those same lines, 47.6% provide/display holiday-themed decorations in common areas at their facility, 21.9% do so only during Christmas, and 20.1% display only nonreligious seasonal decor. No company-sponsored decorations are displayed by 10.3%.

At 72.2%, almost three-quarters of survey participants host year-end or holiday parties for their employees, with 56% going off-site and 44% keeping the festivities in-house. Though 79.9% indicate they have never encountered issues such as employees’ drunk driving or inappropriate behavior, only 45.5% allow alcoholic beverages at their holiday celebrations. For those who allow alcohol at their holiday or year-end party, 37.5% provide rides home after the party.

When it comes to who gets invited to the party, 35.9% invite employees’ spouses and significant others to attend the celebration, and 54.6% invite employees only.

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Though 10% (same as 2014) have yet to decide about 2016, charitable activities are sponsored by or are participated in for 64.4%. The types of activities are varied, with sponsoring a food drive topping the list and volunteer work or visits by employees during working hours trailing at the end of the list.

  • Food drive, 57. 5%
  • Toy drive, 57%
  • Angel tree and/or adopt a family, 49.3%
  • Clothing drive, 32%
  • Monetary donation collected from employees, 31.8%
  • Monetary donation from company, 31%
  • Volunteer work or visits by employees during working hours, 22.2%

Survey Participants

A total of 1,053 individuals participated in this survey, which was conducted in September 2015. Of those who identified themselves, 61.7% represent private, for-profit organizations, 20% represent private, nonprofit organizations, 7.5% are public sector, and 10.8% work for the government.

The majority (61.4%) of our survey respondents provide HR services to a workforce of 1–250 employees. Another 13.8% provide guidance to 251–500 employees at their organizations, and 8.4% have a workforce of 501–1,000 employees. Companies with 1,001–5,000 employees accounted for 9.8% of survey participants and organizations with more than 5,000 employees comprise 6.6% of survey participants.
Over one-half (61.3%) of the participants are in service industries; 26.3% are in agriculture, forestry, construction, manufacturing, or mining; 8.4% are in wholesale, retail, transportation, or warehousing; and 4% are in real estate or utilities.
Manager level is represented 40.5% of the survey participants, director level is represented by 25.8%, and VP or higher accounts by 13.4%. Supervisors are represented by 4.2%, and staff level account for 16.1% of survey participants who self-identified.

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