The linked article on TLNT provides an Excellent discussion of employees diminished expectations for end-of-the-year bonuses and references that all time Christmas Classic, “National Lampoon Christmas Vacation!” To quote the author:
four in five employees think a holiday bonus is nice but not expected, and almost the same amount say that even a token gift of $100 or less would meet their expectations.”
Holiday Bonuses: Great If You Get One, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up
In the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase’s character Clark Griswold puts a down payment on a swimming pool for his family based on an expected holiday bonus from his company. Instead of getting a bonus though, Griswold is enrolled in a “Jelly of the Month” club.
These days, getting enrolled in a “Jelly of the Month” club might be the best one can expect during the holiday season (a note: I’m a fan of boysenberry and strawberry myself). And certainly no one outside of a few industries and positions are putting a down payment on any major purchase based on an expected end-of-the-year bonus.