Small Business Builder: Time Off, Not Bonuses

Like roast turkey and candy canes, the holiday bonus has long been a December tradition one that many American workers cherish above chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

Times change. This year, the turkey might be tofu, the candy canes sugar-free, and the bonus well, the bonus could be bare bones, or no bones at all. Instead, other employee rewards are gaining popularity, from shopping days to free package shipping.

Santa's More Selective

Bonuses have been on the wane for several years, according to some studies on employers' holiday generosity to their workers but the studies are bewildering.

Some surveys ask about "bonuses or gifts," lumping the thousand-doll