At some companies you’re lucky if you get a bottle of red wine for your Christmas present – and that’s despite some pretty generous tax breaks for employers.
Magasin vouchers, either for 500 or 1,000 kroner, are a popular choice, but there are a select few who go out to make their employees extra happy … and some of them even live to see another Christmas.
I’ll see you Lego and IKEA, and raise you
Lego gave its employees a month’s salary as their Christmas present in 2015. And then a year later, IKEA agreed to pay a bonus worth up to 130 percent of their monthly salary.
And now in 2017, Interdan Holding – a car importer and distributor based in Hellerup that also dabbles in property investment – is raising the ante again.
It has confirmed it is giving its 300 permanent employees a Christmas bonus of 65,000 kroner to mark its 65th anniversary – a gift that is the equivalent of 10 percent of its annual profit.
Founder would have been proud
The chief executive, Maria Bruun, who is a fourth generation descendant of the founder KW Bruun, thanked her employees for the role they have played in the company’s success.
She praised a recent “positive development”, which resulted in a post-tax profit of 206 million kroner last year, and noted that the employees were “extremely positive” about the bonus.
The gift echoes the words of KW Bruun, who always maintained: “Money must never be the goal. Only the means.”