Each member of staff at Maryland-based St John Properties was given an average payment of £38,000 to reward their hard work after the company had a successful year.
Lucky workers at St John Properties were not expecting the big cash bonanza, which celebrated the firm meeting its targets.
Each staff member was handed a red envelope at a Christmas dinner , revealing they would net roughly £38,000 apiece – depending on how long they’d worked there.
The firm, from Maryland in the US, said it wanted to make a “significant” impact on the lives of those responsible for its success.
Video of the night shows workers react with joy as they realised what had happened.
Chairman Edward St John, who founded the real estate company, revealed the refreshing bonus on Saturday. He said, “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.
“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.”
One employee stated: “What happened tonight was magical. It is life-changing.”
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