Are You Spending Thanksgiving With Your Work Family?

Not everyone gets to spend the Thanksgiving holiday at home

Boston Market CEO George Michel Works at Miami-area restaurant on Thanksgiving
Marc Serota/Invision/AP ImagesBoston Market CEO Marc Serota worked at the restaurant chain's Miami outlet last Thanksgiving.
By Susan Ricker

While Thanksgiving used to be a time to get away from work and everyday demands and join together with family in thanks, it's now a holiday that encompasses plenty more than turkey and pies. Between the big football game, traveling, deep-fried turduckens and wild shopping sales, Thanksgiving packs in a lot.

For some workers, though, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to pick up an extra paycheck. And for others, it may not be easy to visit family or make plans. In a new CareerBuilder Thanksgiving survey of more than 3,900 workers, nearly one-in-five workers (19 percent) say they plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with co-workers either in or out of the office. Before you join family and friends this Thursday, join us in taking a look at some of the Thanksgiving traditions workers across the country take part in.

Not everyone gets to enjoy the holiday at home

Fourteen percent of workers say they have to work on Thanksgiving, with hospitality workers the most likely to be on the clock. If you're rushing out to the grocery store Thursday morning, traveling, checking into a hotel, dining at a restaurant or get too rough in two-hand-touch football and wind up needing stitches, be sure to thank the workers who are on the clock. The industries with the highest amount of people working on Thanksgiving are:
Who's most likely to celebrate with co-workers?

Whether it's actually on Turkey Day or a few days before or after, some co-workers will share food, traditions and games together. Taking a closer look at workers who celebrate Thanksgiving with colleagues, we see certain areas, industries and demographics that partake in the festivities with their work family:

By cities with largest economies
  • Atlanta – 35 percent
  • Dallas – 30 percent
  • San Francisco – 23 percent
  • Phoenix – 22 percent
  • Washington, D.C. – 20 percent
  • Los Angeles – 16 percent
  • New York – 16 percent
  • Philadelphia – 11 percent
  • Chicago – 8 percent
  • Boston – 6 percent

By industry
  • Transportation and utilities – 28 percent
  • Retail – 25 percent
  • Finance – 23 percent
  • Health care – 23 percent
  • Information technology – 23 percent
  • Leisure and hospitality – 21 percent

By diverse groups
  • African American workers – 32 percent
  • LGBT workers – 25 percent
  • Disabled workers – 22 percent
  • Asian workers – 19 percent
  • Hispanic workers – 18 percent

This compares to 15 percent of non-diverse workers.
By age
  • 18-24 – yes, 21 percent
  • 25-34 – yes, 17 percent
  • 35-44 – yes, 22 percent
  • 45-54 – yes, 18 percent
  • 55-plus – yes, 16 percent

Would you rather spend Thanksgiving Day with co-workers or your family?

It's no surprise that workers look forward to spending time with family on Thanksgiving. However, given the choice, nearly one-in-ten report they prefer not spending the holiday with family or co-workers:
  • My family – 91 percent
  • My co-workers – 2 percent
  • Neither – 8 percent

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