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).

"The data suggests what workers value most about the holidays in the workplace is largely about relationships, and that opportunities to connect with colleagues and their communities are more meaningful and therefore more appreciated than structured celebrations," the survey's authors write.

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