By Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder
This holiday season, hope for the job market comes from an unlikely place: More companies are giving employees seasonal perks this year, a new CareerBuilder survey reports.
While holiday parties and annual bonuses might not be the most precise measure of economic health, these perks were among the first items cut by many employers during the recession. That companies are bringing them back this year is a promising sign for the overall condition of the job market. If more employers are willing to spend money on their current employees than they have in recent years, they might also have the budget to hire new employees.