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Working on Thanksgiving? You’re Not Alone

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If you’re able to take Thanksgiving and Black Friday off this year, definitely don’t take it for granted.

My family got lucky this year because I’m the only one who has to work both Thanksgiving and Black Friday. My husband and I have jobs that require us to work occasional holidays, and our biggest fear is that we’ll both be scheduled for holiday work at the same time and we’ll have to figure out what to do with our toddler.  Anyone with kids knows how hard childcare can be to find around this time of year, and even more so on actual holidays.

You might feel frustrated that you have to work on a holiday, but there are thousands of people in the same situation- including me. As a matter of fact, 36% of companies in the United States say that at least some of their employees are scheduled to work Thanksgiving and/or Black Friday.

It’s not all terrible, though- according to a Bloomberg study, 91% of the companies who make their employees work Thanksgiving or the day after say that they give those employees either overtime pay or double pay.

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]

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