Do Auto Glass Shops Bonus Their Employees at Christmas?

The majority of respondents to a GlassBYTEs survey of auto glass companies say they offer some form of year-end bonuses to employees.

Of the companies responding to a research study by Key Media & Research, 92% give bonuses as cash, checks, or payroll additions. They reward employees based on performance, profitability, productivity, work ethic, tenure, and attendance.

Regarding the cash value of the bonus, 49% give bonuses valued at 2% to 5% of employees’ salaries. Another 19% provide year-end bonuses of 6% to 10% of an employee’s salary.

One auto shop manager said his company rewards workers for productivity, customer relations, and being on time. Another recognizes employees based on attendance, attitude, knowledge, and a willingness to learn new things.

Instead of a cash bonus, one company gave a paid week off to workers. The company will be closed this year from December 23 to December 31 “to give employees plenty of time to spend with family.”

While some companies base yearly bonuses on seniority, others say loyal employees employed for more than 50% of the year receive financial rewards based on productivity.

Overall, company profitability provided a key measure of whether bonuses materialize in year-end paychecks. “We base it on how well we did for the year,” says one survey respondent. “We have to make sure we don’t go broke giving a Christmas bonus.”

Another owner pays employees $500 per year of service “if it’s been a decent year.”

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