If you were like me, you waited a little too long to ask for time off on days surrounding the holidays.
Most workers like myself want the extra time off to travel, celebrate
and spend time with family and friends.
Seventy-two percent of companies plan to close the day after
Thanksgiving next year, according to the survey of 502 human resources
professionals. A separate survey in February found that 63 percent of 469
employers planned to be closed this year.
For the day before Christmas 2007, 48 percent of employers plan to
close their offices -- Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year. The day
after Christmas will be a holiday for 16 percent of companies in 2007,
while 8 percent plan to be closed this year.
Some workers could celebrate the new year in style, with 27 percent of
employers planning to close on New Year's Eve next year -- it also falls on a Sunday
It should be noted that Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve fall on a
Monday next year, meaning employers might find it logistically easier to
close that day. Most are likely to be closed the following day to celebrate
the actual holiday.
John A. Challenger, a workplace expert and chief executive of
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a global outplacement company in Chicago,
says providing extra days off during the holidays creates a perk for
workers. An informal survey by the outplacement firm found that 70 percent
of 100 human resources executives said their companies would close on the
day after Thanksgiving.
"Companies are looking for ways to invest in their people and
culture, and create soft benefits that employees appreciate and make them
want to stay," Challenger says. "It's a way of creating good will."
Challenger says workers are looking for more three- to four-day
weekends, especially since it has gotten harder to take long vacations in a
24-7 economy. And in some cases, business is slow during the period between
Christmas and New Year's.
Some workers are getting time off around the holidays, but it's not
U.S. workers of Yahoo Inc. will have the week between Christmas and
New Year's off this year. The company announced in September that it would
close its offices during that period as a cost-cutting move. Some 10,500
workers will have to use their vacation time if they want to be paid for
the time off.
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