BONUSES & TIME OFF | Surprising ways firms are rewarding staff this Christmas

Surprising ways firms are rewarding staff this Christmas

Around Christmas time, it is not uncommon for employers and HR teams to recognise and reward employees for their hard work throughout the year.

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

With December almost upon us, HR Grapevine takes a look at what some employers are doing to reward staff this Christmas.

Read on to find out more.


As a way to recognise staff for their hard work throughout the coronavirus crisis, the discount supermarket firm Aldi has announced that it is giving staff a bonus.

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.

"This bonus is a gesture of our appreciation for our amazing Aldi colleagues who have shown incredible resilience and dedication throughout 2020," Hurley added.


Yet, it seems that German discount retailer Aldi is not alone with its decision to give staff a bonus this Christmas and recognise them for their hard work.

Elsewhere, retailer 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.

Jason Tarry, Tesco UK and ROI CEO, said in a statement on Tesco’s website: “The hard work, dedication and resilience that colleagues have shown over the last few months has been remarkable.

“This year has proven challenging and uncertain for so many of us and this bonus is a way of saying thank you for the incredible response of our colleagues to these challenges,” Tarry added.

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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.

In fact, retail firm The Entertainer has announced plans to give staff a three-day break over the Christmas and Boxing Day weekend.

This means, according to Retail Gazette, that the toy retailer will close at the end of the day on Christmas Eve and won’t re-open until December 28, 2020.

The toy retail giant said that 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.

Gary Grant, Chief Executive at The Entertainer, said: “With the easing of restrictions for Christmas, we want to give our staff more opportunity to rest together with their families and loved ones for some quality time.”


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.

David Wood, Chief Executive Officer at Wickes, explained: “The decision to close our stores and give our colleagues some meaningful time off was an easy one. It’s been an unprecedented year and we wanted to take a moment to recognise the tremendous effort our team has gone to.

“At a time when we usually connect with others, we felt it was right to support our colleagues with more time with friends and loved ones.”

What are you doing to reward staff this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below…

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