Maybe this is a sign of the improving economy? According to a new CareerBuilder survey, companies planned to offer more perks than last year. And by perks we mean bonuses, parties and gifts.

The study conducted from mid-August through early September encompassed approximately 2,500 hiring managers and HR professionals and almost 4,000 employees across a variety of industries.

As for bonuses, 46 percent of employers anticipated giving employees holiday bonuses which is an uptick from 40 percent in 2011 and even a bigger increase from 2010 which reflected 33 percent.  Read more