Forced to Work on Thanksgiving? You’re Not Alone
My husband came home with some awful news a couple of weeks ago. Jay has to work Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. While we won't get the entire day together as a family any of those days, we will get a couple of hours which is more than a lot of families will get and we've decided instead of dwelling on sadness of not having a full holiday together, we're going to make the most of the time we do have. And so, on November 14th we put up our Christmas tree. Why? Because it makes us happy and the happy things are what we're going to focus on.
If you're feeling frustrated that you or your spouse has to work on a holiday this won't bring a lot of comfort, but it might provide some- there are literally thousands of other people in the same situation. According to PR Newswire, 33 percent of companies in the United States has scheduled a good number of their employees to work on Thanksgiving and/or on Black Friday and that's down from 36 percent in 2016.
It's not all terrible, though PR Newswire reports that a Bloomberg study found 91 percent of the companies who make their employees work Thanksgiving or the day after, plan to give their employees either overtime pay or double pay and in all fairness, my husband's company does, so I really shouldn't complain as much as I have been.
Only 9% of companies will have people work with no extra bonus money, which is pretty miserable. If you're one of those people who will be working Thanksgiving and/or Black Friday and won't be getting any bonus money or comp time for your hard work, I genuinely feel for you and hope that you're at least able to squeeze in a little time with those you love. Thank you for doing what you do and for keeping things running.
[via PR Newswire]