Christmas Bonus?!

It is not uncommon for employers and HR teams to recognise and reward employees for their hard work throughout the year and doing so at Christmas time.

Whether this is in the form of a one-off bonus, a token gift, or some extra time off work, there are several different initiatives that employers have been known to roll out to reward staff.

With December here, we have looked into what other well-known employers are doing to reward staff this Christmas.

  • Aldi

According to the Mirror, the German grocer said that all store and distribution workers will receive a ten per cent bonus ahead of December 25, 2020.

Giles Hurley, Chief Executive of Aldi, explained that 2020 has been a “difficult one for so many” and that Aldi colleagues had worked “tirelessly” to keep the nation fed during this time.

  • Tesco

Tesco has committed to paying workers in warehouses, stores and customer engagement centre a ten per cent bonus for the hours worked over Xmas and New Year.

Retail Gazette reported that hourly-paid workers will receive a ten per cent bonus for all the hours worked between December 13, 2020, and January 9, 2021.

In addition to this, temporary colleagues will also be eligible if they joined the organisation on or before September 1, 2020.

Aside from being gifted a bonus, workers will also receive an extended 20% discount on their Tesco shopping in the run-up to Christmas – a move which will likely be welcomed by staff members.

  • The Entertainer

For many organisations, the Christmas period is one of the busiest times of the year.

Despite this, some firms are closing over Christmas to give staff some deserved time off, toy retail firm The Entertainer has announced plans to give staff a three-day break over the Christmas and Boxing Day weekend. The aim of allowing staff this long Christmas weekend off work was to give them chance to spend “quality time” with loved ones when restrictions are temporarily eased.

  • Wickes

Another employer that has opted to shut for three days over Christmas this year to give staff a break is the DIY chain Wickes.

According to the Sun, the firm wanted to thank staff for their hard efforts throughout the coronavirus crisis and will be closed on December 24, 25, 26.

This is said to be the first time that the DIY firm has shut its doors on Christmas Eve in 48 years.

Speaking to the Sun earlier this month, Wickes confirmed that the days off will be treated as extra holiday and therefore staff will be paid for this time off.

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