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Employees moved to tears by wonderful holiday bonus from their generous boss: 'It's life-changing'

At an office party, the boss gave the employees red envelopes as their Christmas gifts and the employees were elated after seeing what was inside.

Employees moved to tears by wonderful holiday bonus from their generous boss: 'It's life-changing'
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Christmas is indeed magical. Apart from the vibrant celebrations and hearty meals, Christmas brings excitement to the world in the form of gifts. The joy of exchanging gifts is unparalleled, especially when someone considers what we want while gifting us. The chairman of this real-estate company surprised every employee with a whopping holiday bonus, making Christmas miracles a reality. On December 7, 2019, Edward St. John, the founder and chairman of St.John Properties, announced the grand surprise at the firm's annual holiday celebration. Little did the employees expect that they would receive a life-altering Christmas gift from their boss.

Representative Image Source: Pexels | Nicole Michalou
Representative Image Source: Pexels | Nicole Michalou

As one of the leading commercial real estate firms in the Mid-Atlantic, St. John's Properties values its employees and their hard work that helped the company achieve a massive feat. According to their press release, the Maryland-based company had achieved its goal of developing 20 million square feet of office, flex/R&D, retail and warehouse space in eight states by the end of 2019. 

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Ever since the goal spawned in 2005, the company weathered critical economic conditions, yet 14 years later, it came out with flying colors. To honor the employees who had contributed to this achievement, the chairman publicly announced a $10 million bonus for all his 198 employees during the company's holiday party. The company will pay a bonus to all 198 St. John Properties employees based on years of service, with the average employee receiving $50,000, per the press release.

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While posting on Instagram, the real estate company expressed gratitude to its employees. The pictures beautifully depicted the overwhelming emotions of the employees who received a magical red envelope containing a monumental Christmas bonus. "To celebrate the achievement of our goal, we wanted to reward our employees in a big way that would make a significant impact on their lives," the chairman said and added, "I am thankful for every one of our employees for their hard work and dedication. I couldn't think of a better way to show it." 

This generous bonus was in addition to other benefits like the annual year-end bonus, 401(k) with matching, profit sharing and paid vacation time. The employees were also lucky to be enjoying facilities like company-owned vehicles for eligible workers, on-site fitness, physical therapy, wellness consultations and access to a financial advisor.

St. John shared that his philosophy was to surround himself with "the best and the brightest" and that his employees were committed to excellence. The momentous event was shared on YouTube, where the employees burst into tears as they opened the envelope. 

"What happened tonight was magical. It is life-changing," said one of the employees tearfully and added, "That is so generous." The big-hearted boss said, "I steer the boat, but they're the ones who run the boat. Without the teams, we are absolutely nothing." Working at St.John's Properties for several years, the loyal employees were not only grateful for their rewards but also felt hopeful about their future. 

Editor's note: This article was originally published on December 29, 2023. It has since been updated.

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