Dears, multicolored lights, fluffy snowflakes, and lovely people. All this reminds me of the holidays. Although Christmas holiday is in the end of cold December, it's the warmest celebration of all.
Christmas is not only a family or Christian tradition – it's a sign of happy society. We make gifts and share our love with people who gave their personal time and energy – friends, family, coworkers, teachers, and coaches.
Happy employers also remember to celebrate this special occasion. They gather employees for a cozy dinner, raise salaries, make a trip, or organize an annual holiday party.
Employees love to work in good companies which make special gifts for all and raise a charitable givings.
Here's how famous companies celebrated Christmas in 2016.
Google has 57,000 employees worldwide so even though such gifts as a t-shirt or little trinket is a big expense. Google takes Christmas holiday serious and is a generous company, after all. 2009 was the year Google launched its first Android phone, Nexus one, and the same year all of 57,000 employees started getting gadgets as Christmas gifts. Almost every year employees get new Nexus Android phones, but on 2012 people even got a choice between the Nexus 7 tablet or the Chromebook.
On the other hand, Google employees so used to getting expensive gifts over the years, that they called 2014 LG smartwatches "cheap." In 2016 employees were hoping for the newest Google Pixel or even Pixel XL, but Google's 2016 holiday gift isn't quite what Googlers expected. This year Alphabet donated holiday gifts to schools on employee's behalf. Underprivileged kids in the US got $30million worth Christmas gifts include Chromebooks, phones, and associated tech support.
Don't think, that Google doesn't care about its employees, gadgets are only an additional holiday perk. With more than 30,000 employees working at its Mountain View headquarters, Google throws massive parties for almost every special occasion like Christmas or Halloween.
Apple's annual holiday gift goes out to all of its 100,000 employees worldwide, including retail workers too. That's why gifts are small like the $60 customized case backpack which Apple employees received in 2014. But last year everyone was surprised when they received a free nine-month subscription to Apple Music, which is worth $90, and a free pair of urBeats headphones, which sell for $100.
Generous last year holiday gift gave hope that Apple has started bestowing gadgets every year, as Google do, but it didn't happen. For 2016, Apple is giving each retail employee a gray T-shirt which features two circles created from a list of all of the company's retail locations around the world. Also, employees got a printed copy of the company's credo printed on a heavy card stock. Suppose credo is a nice present for newbies, not experienced employees.
Facebook is famously known for its perks like free lunch and snacks, free services, $4,000 "baby cash" for the new arrival, four months paid maternity and paternity leave, but it doesn't make any special holiday gifts as Apple and especially Google does.
Like all other big Silicon Valley companies, Facebook celebrates Christmas by making special dinner and epic Christmas party. This year's Facebook annual Christmas party could not be described more vivid: "There were a rumble and a thousand black unicorns carrying PR handlers burst from the chocolate fountain and whisked Mark Zuckerberg to a bunker under the stage where Aerosmith was playing." Big company means big party!
All in all, when you compare two Silicon Valley titans – Google holiday perks are epic sensations compared to younger giant's Facebook holiday benefits.
Running for more than five years already, LEGO has been giving its employees an exclusive limited edition game set as a Christmas gift. Fans show considerable interests on these collectibles that are not found in any LEGO Brand or Certified stores and are willing to pay at least $300 on the market.
By far, this year limited edition set is the largest LEGO Employee Gift that the company has come up with a total of 1,141 pieces. Dedicated to 50-year anniversary to six of miniature train sets beginning 1966. It's a collectors wish and the most accurate Christmas Gift that LEGO's employee can get.
Tesla doesn't give any custom high-tech gifts to employees but has closed Christmas parties or private annual dinners in every world office. Tesla store stuff have other parties, paid holidays and all other important benefits. Some of the sales team are not always happy when they work on holiday and store is full of people. But somebody just has to work in Tesla. All the time.
Not many companies make an exclusive or creative holiday gifts for their employees, but more than half of U.S. employers have another beautiful tradition – donation for nonprofits. As well as Google did this year, corporate giving programs let employees together with employers donate their money for local or global social cause.
As an instance, Hewlett-Packard has employee product giving program, in which technological equipment is donated to eligible nonprofit organizations. An HP employee contributes 25 percent of the list price of the HP product, and HP will contribute the remaining 75 percent, up to $15,000 worth of technology.
Another good example is Microsoft's employee giving a program which raised a record-breaking $125 million for nonprofits and schools around the world last year.
Social responsibility is a powerful thing especially when it's done by a huge group of people. Even one person can make a notable difference, but thousands of employees, who share a fraction of their wealth with nonprofits, are the community-changing power.
Every company has some Christmas traditions - sometimes coworkers exchange gifts, other times company throw a festive evening. According to Career Builder's annual Christma's holiday survey in 2016:
- 46 percent of employers give their employees gifts;
- 69 percent of employers throw a holiday party;
- 54 percent of employers give employees holiday bonuses.
Real companies know that benefits and perks are the keystones in building a motivated and effective working structure. After all, when the team is happy – efficiency goes up.
More than half of the companies celebrate Christmas with their employees – make a small gift exchange event or throw a big team party. The most famous companies in the world understand how important this celebration is and use resources to make a holiday season more beautiful.
All these gifts and traditions are not a sign of warm Christmas but a sign of a happy society. When we share our love – we care.