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Four in Five U.S. Employers Will Give Employees Paid Thanksgiving Off

Do you get a four-day Thanksgiving weekend this year? If so, you're not alone: four in five U.S. employers will be giving employees a few paid days off!

Hey, those Black Friday fights don't happen in a vacuum; we need to be out of the office and actually blocking the discount vacuums for them to happen. Bloomberg Law's annual Thanksgiving Holiday Practices Survey tells us that 78% of U.S. employees will be given Thanksgiving and Black Friday off -- with pay!


However, exactly one-third (33%) of employees will be stuck at the office on Thanksgiving Day. Employees in the service/maintenance sector are the most likely to be working on Thanksgiving Day, followed by employees in the security/public safety sector. These sectors are followed by technical, professional, managerial/supervisory, sales/customer service, production, and office clerical.

The bigger the company, the more likely employees will be putting in some work time over the holiday weekend. When they're not sitting in a Target parking lot somewhere, trying to avoid the Trump voters in their family, that is.

"Stuck" at the Office?
Don't feel too sorry for the employees who will be working over Thanksgiving, though, since they will be compensated accordingly. Maybe they like it this way so they don't have to feel cornered by pushy relatives asking why they're not married/not having kids/not successful like their cousins/not retired yet. Unfortunately, they have to go to work. Winning!

As I write this, I'm realizing that many business stories will come from the angle of employees who "have" to go to work over Thanksgiving weekend, when there may be a good number of employees who feel like they "get" to go to work over Thanksgiving weekend. See? It's all in the choice of verb! Work is their escape hatch, and they plan on being "stuck" in the quiet confines of the office on Thanksgiving Day where they don't have to pretend to like football, eat Uncle Billy's turducken or fight over a parking space (or a vacuum) at the local mall.

And they'll get paid to do it!

Perhaps working over Thanksgiving weekend isn't so bad after all? It depends on our perspective, I guess. And if I've just described your Thanksgiving/Black Friday plans to a "T," then don't worry. Your secret is safe with me. Happy Thanksgiving!


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