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Christmas bonus tops wish list

The best gift bosses could give their staff this Christmas is a bonus, according to a festive study.

A survey of 3,300 employees, including managers, by the Institute of Management & Leadership found that half wanted a bonus.

One in 10 managers said they would rather have more staff and a similar number craved an increase in their budget.

Penny de Valk, chief executive of the Institute of Leadership & Management, said: "Financial security is clearly top of the mind for workers this Christmas, with most thinking more about their wallets than their long-term career progression right now. Where possible, organisations looking to thank staff for their hard work can rest assured that some sort of seasonal bonus will be particularly well received this year."

Two out of five managers said they were concerned about the possible fallout from their office Christmas party, saying they previously witnessed or experienced "conflict".

As many as one in 10 managers have had to discipline staff for inappropriate behaviour following the work Christmas knees-up.

Two out of five of those surveyed said their New Year's resolution was to improve their work-life balance in 2011 after a year of "steadily rising" working hours.

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