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Should you give your employees cash for Christmas?

This story appears in the December 1996 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

In this season of giving, should your gift list include cash for employees? At many companies, a year-end bonus is traditional--but it may not be the wisest way to invest your compensation dollars.

Chuck Coonradt, president of The Game of Work Inc., a management training firm in Park City, Utah, likes holiday bonuses but believes they should be tied to performance. Otherwise, they become an entitlement employees expect, without enhancing your operation.

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