One in ten employees say they would prefer to get a bonus or get extra vacation days than have a holiday party. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The holidays are upon us, and while the vast majority of employees want nothing more than a little R&R, even more want their companies to play Santa in their communities, according to a Randstad US survey of 1,232 U.S. adults.

Nearly 75 percent of respondents say it’s important to them that their companies participate in holiday philanthropic initiatives such as a food drive or other charitable donation. They also want the goodwill spread internally, with 53 percent wanting “holiday spirit in the workplace,” and 40 percent wanting “happier/more generous co-workers.” Much lower on their wish lists were cookie swaps (11 percent) and gift exchanges (9 percent).

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.

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