„Beer as a Christmas bonus became very popular among our employees. Some will share it and give it away as a Christmas present. In most cases, however, they will keep it and enjoy it with their families and friends during Christmas holidays. I am very happy we can express our appreciation for their effort and thank them for their year’s good work this way. The second Christmas surprise is, on the other hand, a novelty. We just want to extend our employees’ holidays, and give them some extra leisure time,“ says Ivan Balogh, Director of Human Resources of Plzeňský Prazdroj.
To mark the coming of Christmas season, employees will get three 24 can cartons of Pilsner Urquell lager, Kozel 11˚ Medium, and Radegast Premium. For ten years now, Plzeňský Prazdroj has given beer as Christmas a bonus to its employees to honour the tradition of deputized beer given to employees with every wage in the past.
As another Christmas benefit, Plzeňský Prazdroj prepared for its employees an extra day off. And so on January 2, 2012, they will enjoy extended New Year’s holidays. Those who must come to work to ensure New Year’s beer shipments will receive a holiday food goody–bag, and the opportunity to enjoy the extra day off some other time.
Plzeňský Prazdroj employees get bonus beer on other occasion during the year too. Total yearly value of bonuses given by Plzeňský Prazdroj is more than 17.000,- CZK per employee. Besides a beer voucher in the amount of 2.500,- CZK, Plzeňský Prazdroj pays retirement insurance benefit in the amount 6.000,- CZK to every employee per year, gives away Plzeňský Prazdroj breweries tours tickets, and supports overall cultural life and wellness of its employees by giving away vouchers that can be used for cultural and sport activities. The total value of these will be more than 4.700,- CZK per employee this year. Employees working in high risk areas will receive extra payment of 1.500,- CZK to be used for recreation of their choice. Long-time employees will enjoy a one-time payment of 5.000,- CZK as an appreciation of their loyalty to the company, and on their important life anniversaries, these loyal employees get up to 25.000,- CZK in monetary and other bonuses.
Notes for editors:
- With its total sale of 9,9 millions of hectoliters during the calendar year of 2010 (including licensed productions abroad) and with its export to more than 50 countries worldwide, Plzeňský Prazdroj Inc. is the prominent beer producer in the region and the biggest exporter of the Czech beer.
- Plzeňský Prazdroj Inc. is the member of SABMiller plc. group. Pilsner Urquell is the international flagship brand of the SABMiller brand portfolio.
- SABMiller plc. is one of the world’s biggest beer brewing companies with beer brewing activities or distribution in more than 60 countries across six continents. SABMiller’s brand group include such important brands as Pilsner Urquell, Miller Genuine Draft (draught), Grolsch, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, and many other successful regional brands.
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