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Employees’ Top Work Resolutions For 2013 & Preferred Holiday Perks

Have you thought about what your New Year’s resolutions will be for 2013? Perhaps you’re thinking you’ll eat healthier, exercise more, spend more time with friends and family, or find love. What about resolutions tied to your job and career?

Many employees are already starting to think about what their work-related resolutions will be, and perhaps not too surprisingly one in three (32%) are focused on getting a raise, one in four (24%) want to work on their leadership/management skills, and another one in four (23%) plan to look for a new job.  Two percent of employees said their top work-related resolution is to help get their boss fired.

Other top priorities among employees for the New Year are below:

The top work-related resolutions are part of an annual Glassdoor survey¹ which looks at feedback from more than 2,000 U.S. based employees² and job seekers to find out not only what is top of mind come the New Year, but also get their take on gifts from employers.

Employer-Gifted Holiday Perks

Holidays are well-known as a time of giving. So if you’re an employer, what gifts do you think employees most want to receive? It seems like the time for gold watches is a thing of the past, but cash still rules.

Nearly three in four employees (73%) said that a cash bonus would be among their top choices for employer-gifted holiday perks this year, followed by a salary raise (60%), and paid time-off (36%). Employers may also want to hold the free beer and wine because for a second straight year, holiday parties, even with an open bar, continue to be an unpopular perk (5%). See how in demand various holiday perks are this year compared to last:

What are your 2013 work-related resolutions?

See more from the Glassdoor annual survey including employees’ expectations around how difficult it will be to take time off as well as bonus expectations.


1) This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Glassdoor from November 8-12, 2012 among 2,059 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

2) For the purposes of this survey, “employees” were defined as U.S. adults 18+ employed full time and/or part time unless otherwise indicated.