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23% of IT Workers Spend Thanksgiving With Coworkers

timothy posted about 5 months ago | from the but-the-turkeys-generally-have-titles-in-management dept.

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itwbennett writes "A timely CareerBuilder survey finds that 23% of IT pros spend the holiday with coworkers, either in the office or at another location. But the findings vary widely by city. In Boston, for example, you're pretty sure to be on your own for the holiday — only 6% of coworkers there nosh together. While in Atlanta (35%) or Dallas (30%) things are downright chummy."

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I will spend thanksgiving with my co-workers too (1, Offtopic)

vikingpower (768921) | about 5 months ago | (#45525803)

...and there won't even be neither turkey nor booze, over here in Europe *g

Re:I will spend thanksgiving with my co-workers to (1)

Flavianoep (1404029) | about 5 months ago | (#45525943)

...and there won't even be neither turkey nor booze, over here in Europe *g

(emphasis mine) At least, I hope for you there aren't any grammar-Nazis over there...

Re:I will spend thanksgiving with my co-workers to (3, Funny)

CaptSlaq (1491233) | about 5 months ago | (#45526011)

...and there won't even be neither turkey nor booze, over here in Europe *g

(emphasis mine) At least, I hope for you there aren't any grammar-Nazis over there...

No, the eurozone has effectively expunged "Nazi" from their vernacular, if the media is to be believed

Source [go.com]

Money quote:

Users were warned not to take bids on Nazi items from people in France, Germany, Austria or Italy because of laws in those countries. Users with French- or German-language Web browsers also were blocked from searching for Nazi-related items, eBay spokesman Kevin Pursglove said

Re:I will spend thanksgiving with my co-workers to (2, Interesting)

vikingpower (768921) | about 5 months ago | (#45528997)

Well, you are on to something here. I live and work in a German-language country. As a matter of fact, using the word "nazi" is simply not done here. People cringe if and when I literally translate "grammar Nazi" or "spelling Nazi" into German, even this long after the war. So I use "grammar taliban" or "spelling fundamentalist" instead. That has the strange property of making people smile uncontrollably. Va comprende, Charles...

Re:I will spend thanksgiving with my co-workers to (3, Funny)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 5 months ago | (#45525947)

If we stole the country from Native Americans through trickery, scamming, and crooked contracts but every square inch of Europe was taken over by bloodthirsty dictators, kings, emperors, etc surely that deserves even more of a holiday, right? Maybe killsgiving or genocide-o-rama.

Re:I will spend thanksgiving with my co-workers to (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526051)

Deathsgiving

Re:I will spend thanksgiving with my co-workers to (2, Interesting)

plopez (54068) | about 5 months ago | (#45526357)

You forget that the tradition of invasion, conquest; and economic,religious, and cultural assimilation was a grand old tradition in Eurasia long before the Americsa were discovered. E.g. Alexander the Great, the Romans, and the Vandals to name but a few. Americans learned at Europeans feet.

Re:I will spend thanksgiving with my co-workers to (3, Insightful)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | about 5 months ago | (#45526737)

You forget that the tradition of invasion, conquest; and economic,religious, and cultural assimilation was a grand old tradition in Eurasia long before the Americsa were discovered. E.g. Alexander the Great, the Romans, and the Vandals to name but a few. Americans learned at Europeans feet.

Stop confusing people with historical facts. It's easier to forget the past and blame the present. Really, it's best to blame the present not learning from the past failures.

Re:I will spend thanksgiving with my co-workers to (4, Insightful)

plopez (54068) | about 5 months ago | (#45526327)

But usually there is some other substitute e.g. Oktoberfest or its equivalent. Just about every culture has some sort of fall harvest festival if they have such a season.

Another Location (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525809)

If you know what I mean...

Re:Another Location (2)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 5 months ago | (#45527605)

Hmm.

This surprises me.

Do THAT many people associate with people they work with outside of the work place???

I mean, for all my working life, I could likely count on my hands the number of times (outside of a company event or company party) that I've actually planned and met and associated with any co-workers outside of the work setting.

I tend to separate my work life from my personal life.

Don't get me wrong, at work, I'm highly sociable, I smile and try to get along with most everyone, but when I walk out of the office and the door slaps me on the ass on the way out...I leave all thoughts and associations for the most part behind those doors, never to even intrude on my thoughts till I come back to work.

I have plenty of long term friends outside the office that I associate with.

I don't even think this decision of mine was made consciously, just something that seemed natural. Maybe it was something subconscious, I mean, I don't want to do or risk doing things that would possibly piss someone off at the place where I earn a living.

It is definitely a reason I've not pursued (more than a couple times) any type of romantic type of relations ships with any co-workers. I mean, at some point there'll likely be a break up and I've not wanted to have a pissed off bitch I have to see every day at work, etc...

I prefer to keep work and personal life as segregated as possible, I kinda assumed most other folks did too?

Re:Another Location (1)

xaxa (988988) | about 5 months ago | (#45528355)

I prefer to keep work and personal life as segregated as possible, I kinda assumed most other folks did too?

About a month ago, I stuck a job advert on Facebook. I'd meant it for friends-of-friends, siblings-of-friends, etc, but that weekend, the girlfriend of one of my closest friend's told me she was encouraging him to apply. I said I'd be a bit uncomfortable if he did, since if he got the job I would have been his manager. (He didn't apply.)

However, two of my colleagues in IT have spouses in other departments.

Waaaah (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525811)

Boohoo. Get some real skills and you can stop having to be an IT monkey. Then you might get to have Thanksgiving with your family. Now go back to fixing the broken email system before I throw some fucking poop at you.

Re:Waaaah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525859)

"Poop" ? How old are you? Three?

Re:Waaaah (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525897)

Old enough to have fucked your mom bareback and have accidentally made you.

Re:Waaaah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45527355)

If that's the case, get back to the retirement home.

Re:Waaaah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526111)

I've got real skills and I spend every Thanksgiving eating alone at a Ryan's steakhouse.

Re:Waaaah (3, Interesting)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 5 months ago | (#45526511)

Then you might get to have Thanksgiving with your family.

No where in TFA does it say that celebrating with co-workers and family are mutually exclusive. I will be with my family on Turkey Day. Two of my co-workers will be coming over to my house with their families. So I will also be with my co-workers.

The Rest (5, Funny)

Infiniti2000 (1720222) | about 5 months ago | (#45525825)

The remaining 77% spend it in their mom's basement.

Re:The Rest (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525837)

I hear that Timmay's mom makes some wicked Totino's pizza rolls!

Re:The Rest (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525929)

Playing their Xbox One or PS4!

Re:The Rest (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525939)

Hey, that's not fair! I come upstairs for Thanksgiving.

Re:The Rest (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526243)

Chair lift or fork lift?

Re:The Rest (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526275)

The remaining 77% spend it in their mom's basement.

Probably, fixing the family computers...

That's my over all, 100%, most hated pet peeve of all time. I can't attend family holidays without someone telling me how slow their computer is, it won't connect to the Internet, is making funny noises, etc., etc. I can visit friends and spend whole evenings not even seeing a computer! But family, oh I' their personal IT Department fro f@#k's sake.

I think it will come to a head this season.

Re:The Rest (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526777)

Simply say "No" to their requests. They only ask because you continue to oblige.

Re:The Rest (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45527721)

Have you considered acquiring any of the numerous garments available for sale sporting the humorous slogan "no, I will not fix your computer"?

Re:The Rest (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 5 months ago | (#45527751)

Probably, fixing the family computers...

That's my over all, 100%, most hated pet peeve of all time. I can't attend family holidays without someone telling me how slow their computer is, it won't connect to the Internet, is making funny noises, etc., etc. I can visit friends and spend whole evenings not even seeing a computer! But family, oh I' their personal IT Department fro f@#k's sake.

Say what I say...that "you mostly work with server class computers and operating systems, and you're not that familiar with Windows (or even OSX) on personal computers. Tell them you do mostly Linux at work, etc....that usually confuses them and gets them to leave you alone with respect to this type thing.

Way to go Dallas! (1)

Golbez81 (1582163) | about 5 months ago | (#45525841)

After spending the last decade with co-workers I *MAY* be able to see family this turkey day! No no call or essential operations for me. Go me!

Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525903)

To be honest, everyone should have the holidays off save required jobs like FD, PD, hospital staff. A for-profit company can let everyone off. Servers can be maintained from home and if someone has to drive in due to some unforeseen stuff -- it happens. I once worked for a particularly large web hosting company where I ran the *BSD servers. Short of a hardware failure, which was highly unlikely, I never had a server go down. The Windows guys? A constant battle, constant tuning, constant malware. Us *nix admins? Home. Windows guys? Sweating it out at work. Go home... get some deserved rest with your family. Any company that doesn't respect holidays is not one for which I would work. Common decency prevails.

Re:Sad (1)

TheCarp (96830) | about 5 months ago | (#45526163)

However, you also have to ask....what percentage WANT to work on the holiday?

Some people came from other countries and don't celebrate the same holidays. Others have no family to spend time with or would rather not spend time with theirs. While you could say they should still get the day off too, some days like thanksgiving leave one precious little to do.

I have talked to a number of people who choose to work holidays and like working them.

Re:Sad (2)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 5 months ago | (#45526547)

Some people came from other countries and don't celebrate the same holidays.

Everyone residing in the US (or Canada, for that matter) should be entitled to celebrate Thanksgiving. I would argue that this goes double for immigrants, considering that that's what the Pilgrims were too.

Re:Sad (1)

TheCarp (96830) | about 5 months ago | (#45527309)

Entitled? Sure, but you don't address whether they want to. Thanksgiving is generally celebrated with family centered feasting. How much of a celebration is it if you have no family to be with? How much celebration is it to sit alone in your apartment while the kids are off with your former spouse? How much do you care if your family is back in India or down in Mexico and you have nobody to feast with?

You know, I love these holidays. But some people dislike them, get depressed by them, whatever. If you want to argue anyone who works that day should get a floater to take another day off, sure, sounds great. If you want to say any hourly workers should automatically get time and a half or more? Sure. Fine.

However, if there is work to do and you have people who would rather work; I KNOW some percentage (maybe not 23% of it) actually does prefer to work those days; its no boon to them to tell them they are not allowed.

Re:Sad (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 5 months ago | (#45527727)

I had a hard time figuring out the right word to use. What I was trying to convey is that even (or especially) if you're a recent immigrant you should consider Thanskgiving to be "your" holiday too. You should not be thinking "oh, I'm going to skip Thanksgiving because it's just for 'Americans'" -- if you're here long enough to rent an apartment rather than a hotel, you're American enough.

Not wanting to celebrate Thanksgiving because you have nobody to celebrate it with is a separate issue, and applies equally (albeit perhaps not as commonly) to native-born folks.

And if you do happen to be, for example, an Indian tech worker on an H1-B visa, consider Thanksgiving to be your chance to go do something fun. Be thankful that you're enjoying a paid holiday in America instead of slaving away for half the wages back home (which is not intended as a disparagement, but instead a recognition that if home were better, you wouldn't have chosen to leave).

Re:Sad (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 5 months ago | (#45527817)

Entitled? Sure, but you don't address whether they want to. Thanksgiving is generally celebrated with family centered feasting. How much of a celebration is it if you have no family to be with?

Hey...a day off is a DAY OFF!!

What do folks do on regular, non-holidays off? Even with no friends or family, you can still take the off time, maybe travel (do a long weekend like most do), or be at home with no one to bother you as you catch up on projects, or maybe play games...whatever you do for fun and relaxation.

Who would rather work than have time off for personal activities and likes???

Time off doesn't necessarily force you to celebrate or participate in a holiday, rent some movies and buy a bottle of scotch if nothing else....

Re:Sad (1)

TheCarp (96830) | about 5 months ago | (#45528485)

Which, of course, is why I pointed out if you wanted to say they should get a day off, like a floating holiday or something...fine but.... I wouldn't even try to compare thanksgiving or xmass to other days. Such a huge portion of the population is doing family things for the day that they really are some of the worst days to have off otherwise.

Actually, I have had years where my family celebrated the day over a weekend to accomidate some family members and was left with nothing to do on those days....I usually end up just playing video games. Which is fine but, I would rather take a normal work day off.

Re:Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45529979)

Canada's Thanksgiving is celebrated on what is Columbus Day in the US, and it's never been quite the major event that it is in the US. (For one thing, it's on a Monday, not a Thursday with (for many) the following Friday off. Means less time for travel.)

That said, yeah, people should be allowed the local holidays. I was on call last Thanksgiving, and it kinda sucked that I got a call just as I'd got the food on my plate, but I knew that chance came with the job. I get other perks to compensate. I'm just glad I don't work in retail.

Re:Sad (2)

mcgrew (92797) | about 5 months ago | (#45528475)

While you could say they should still get the day off too, some days like thanksgiving leave one precious little to do.

I pity people like that. There's always something to do. Some people live to work, those are the folks you're talking about and they're pathetic. Me, I work to live, and next February I retire.

More books to write, electronics to tinker with, probably buy a new soldering iron and multimeter, slashdot,... hell, I may even sweep my floor and wash the dishes for a change.

Re:Sad (1)

plopez (54068) | about 5 months ago | (#45529973)

"However, you also have to ask....what percentage WANT to work on the holiday?"

That's when I get the most work done, you insensitive clod! And great download speeds.

Re:Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526165)

Well you know, except for those who dont want it off. Why should i be forced to stay home because of what other people decide to do?

Re:Sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526485)

How far does your definition of required jobs go? I get the FD and PD you've got there. No argument. How about gas stations? Should they be open to supply the millions of travelers on the holiday? If yes, then what other service industries should be open? (I'd argue that places like Wal-Mart, Target, etc. - who, instead of competing on price, value, service or something are competing on "how early we open on Thanksgiving", should be closed on the holiday and let their employees see their families since the services they provide are far from critical.) But of course Marketing ruins the world.

I don't think that means what you think it means.. (5, Interesting)

TWX (665546) | about 5 months ago | (#45525963)

I wouldn't be surprised if the "23%" figure is fairly close to the percentage of the general populace that spends Thanksgiving with friends instead of with their own family, or of the general populace that spends Thanksgiving with their coworkers, who are also their friends.

If I lived away from family and couldn't justify the travel to visit them for a meal, and if most of my friends were also coworkers, I'd probably spend time with them, like I'd spend time with the off-work anyway.

This is no surprise.

Re:I don't think that means what you think it mean (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526033)

If you take the truth of this story what they really mean is they are forced to work on Thanksgiving. "spending Thanksgiving with co-workers" lol

Re:I don't think that means what you think it mean (2)

CubicleZombie (2590497) | about 5 months ago | (#45526353)

If I lived away from family and couldn't justify the travel to visit them for a meal, and if most of my friends were also coworkers, I'd probably spend time with them, like I'd spend time with the off-work anyway.

I would have done that in my twenties, but pushing 40 now (ugh) I want nothing to do with my cow-orkers after hours. I'll go to happy hour with the team so I don't look like an unsocial jerk, but otherwise forget it unless there's a charge code to bill my time to.

Re:I don't think that means what you think it mean (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45527989)

So you don't want to look like an unsocial jerk, even though you want to be an unsocial jerk? o.0

Not just IT (2)

BringsApples (3418089) | about 5 months ago | (#45525975)

From the article:

IT's pro-coworker showing was only 2% less than those put-upon retail workers who may be forced to work right after they finish their plate. The top industry was Transportation and Utilities (28%) and Retail (25%), with IT, Healthcare and Finance tied at 23%.

Re:Not just IT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526049)

Yeah. While unemployment is hovering at over 7+ percent, the people with jobs have to work longer and harder with stagnant or declining pay.

And in the meantime, company profits are at record levels.

I am sure there are plenty of people out there who have a Bob Cratchet work schedule: going to have to work on Christmas or their religious Holiday.

Re:Not just IT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526367)

And in the meantime, company profits are at record levels.

Then start a company.

Re:Not just IT (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45528655)

He misspoke. Multinational corporate profits are at records levels. Conflating small business and multinationals has worked very well for the elite.

Re:Not just IT (1)

mattie_p (2512046) | about 5 months ago | (#45530729)

I'm glad that there is a significant minority doing this. I invited a co-worker over when I found out he had no-where to go. As a recent transplant, we weren't planning on having family over, but Thanksgiving is meant to be shared. I imagine the motives of the other 23% is probably very similar. 23% and proud!

graft and corruption (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525977)

Nothing more loathsome than office politics on thanksgiving. This is the first time Boston demonstrates sound and healthy common sense.

Been there. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525985)

Really funny story. I was team lead for a small group. I invited everyone over to my house for thanksgiving . We were all young professionals at the time, mostly single. Just as we sat down to eat, the on-call pager went off. Policy was we had 15 minutes to respond. The on-call person waited and called back. "Sorry, just sat down to turkey, please page the backup." For the rest of the meal we repeated going through the on-call list this way, around the table. Sweet :)

cow farts is what's taking us down & out? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525989)

i'd wager .0001 btc i am the only byrd on my block to have a screenshot of paid poster pickens lambasting the home dna tests using pr firm scriptdead text appearing below an ad for same here. 23 somethings

the fear can be smelt

no mention of freeing the innocent stem cells yet?

some still calling this 'weather'? http://www.globalresearch.ca/weather-warfare-beware-the-us-military-s-experiments-with-climatic-warfare/7561

Thanksgiving is Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45525997)

What other holiday allows Murkins to celebrate their wholesale slaughter of an indigenous people and the plundering of their women and resources for profit?

w00t! GO MURKA!

thankskilling feast misrepresented too? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526063)

misrepresentation now shamefully obsolete? do not miss the replacement; thanks scott olsen day in usa,,, million moms (& babys) marches,,,, it could get smelly

Re:Thanksgiving is Awesome (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526171)

Am part Cherokee, intend to celebrate Thanksgiving.

fake heritage to die for (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526285)

ask any native elder or watch the mooovie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqUvhDG7x2E

rated htrc (horrific terror by religious 'conversion' etc)

happy hollow days

My coworkers would be preferable to my family (4, Funny)

sandytaru (1158959) | about 5 months ago | (#45526005)

At least my coworkers will stick to polite and civil conversation for the duration of a meal. Odds are 99 to 1 that someone in my extended family will go off on a long winded political rant and/or racist screed, such that I will try to find an animal or small child to interact with in a quiet corner rather than have to listen to them.

Re:My coworkers would be preferable to my family (3, Insightful)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about 5 months ago | (#45526521)

To be fair, every human being and interaction makes nerds want to sit alone in a corner of the room. Oh look, grandma's M&M bowl is right there, too.

Was this too vicious? I'm sorry.

Re:My coworkers would be preferable to my family (2)

CubicleZombie (2590497) | about 5 months ago | (#45526885)

Odds are 99 to 1 that someone in my extended family will go off on a long winded political rant and/or racist screed

Maybe the problem is you.

Really.

I could imagine the typical Slashdotter inciting that kind of conversation with comments about the invisible sky fairy or slaughtering innocent native americans during a gathering of people who might have different opinions about those subjects.

Out in the general public, I find social conservatives and the religious to be way more accepting than the smug angry atheist. The irony.

Re:My coworkers would be preferable to my family (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45527185)

> Out in the general public, I find social conservatives and the religious to be way more accepting than the smug angry atheist. The irony.

Maybe in face to face interactions

However if the atheists are so bad please explain why you have NEVER seen the following headline:
"3 were killed and 4 were wounded when agnostics bombed the agnostics"

**Thanks go to Doug Stanhope for such a great line.

Re:My coworkers would be preferable to my family (1)

CubicleZombie (2590497) | about 5 months ago | (#45527383)

However if the atheists are so bad please explain why you have NEVER seen the following headline: "3 were killed and 4 were wounded when agnostics bombed the agnostics"

That kind of statement is EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

Re:My coworkers would be preferable to my family (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45527787)

However if the atheists are so bad please explain why you have NEVER seen the following headline:
"3 were killed and 4 were wounded when agnostics bombed the agnostics"

That kind of statement is EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

Um... didn't you (parent) just incite him (GP)?

It is just like Thanksgiving!

Irony indeed.

Re:My coworkers would be preferable to my family (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45527625)

just because a religious person killed another religious person doesn't mean that religion had anything to do with the killing... Yet headlines written that way end up implying something that has nothing to do with the truth

Re:My coworkers would be preferable to my family (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | about 5 months ago | (#45530785)

However if the atheists are so bad please explain why you have NEVER seen the following headline: "3 were killed and 4 were wounded when agnostics bombed the agnostics"

Because the muslims are so busy bombing everyone, that they tend to take up the majority of all the headlines. With the agnostic bombings only being about .00000000001% of the total bombings, they kinda get lost in the frey of all the muslim action out there.

:)

Re:My coworkers would be preferable to my family (1)

james_shoemaker (12459) | about 5 months ago | (#45527855)

I'll be downstairs beating my nephews in Mario Kart and Cell Damage to avoid those uncomfortable discussions.

IT drones (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526031)

prepare to be outsourced to india

bad stats (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 5 months ago | (#45526115)

And what's the percentage of those workers that are immigrants or of some religion that doesn't let them celebrate? I know we have a lot of people from India, Russia, and Thailand that all love to get the extra overtime during yet another one of your crazy US holidays. Then we have a few Jehovah Whiteness's that also like this time of year. I bet they account for well over 20% of our staff so how knows.

Secondly, most of my Turkey eating co-workers ended up having thanksgiving at various relatives houses the weekend before and after the holiday. There-for ending up with no where to go on actual turkey day. This happens nearly every year so it's become a custom at my house that I get the biggest turkey(s) (last year we had 2) I can find and invite anyone and everyone I work with (including some from other countries that just want to see what's up) to my house to eat. My mother is from a large southern family and has never been used to our northern way of having less than 10 people for dinner, so she thinks it's great. Last year we had 25 people over (only about 6 I was related to) and this year we're having about 15.

The entire point of the holiday, after all, is to get people together than generally don't get together and give thanks for all that we have. I'm lucky enough that I usually have actual Indians at my table (both kinds!) and I think it's great.

Re:bad stats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526305)

> And what's the percentage of those workers that are immigrants or of some religion that doesn't let them celebrate? I know we have a lot of people from
> India, Russia, and Thailand that all love to get the extra overtime during yet another one of your crazy US holidays. Then we have a few Jehovah Whiteness's
> that also like this time of year. I bet they account for well over 20% of our staff so how knows.

Since Thanksgiving is non-secular holiday I would be interested to know how many religions forbid it.

Re:bad stats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526423)

I'm not sure that I would classify Thanksgiving as a non-secular holiday. Isn't it simply a day set aside to reflect and be grateful for the things that we have/ things that are going good in our life?

Re:bad stats (1)

MyGirlFriendsBroken (599031) | about 5 months ago | (#45526623)

>

Since Thanksgiving is non-secular holiday I would be interested to know how many religions forbid it.

I don't know about the religious aspect, but as an immigrant Thanksgiving isn't a holiday which means much to me personally aside from having a couple of days off. I mean I understand an appreciate the significance, and I have been lucky enough to visit families and experience a traditional Thanksgiving meal, but a family orientated holiday doesn't mean a lot when the rest of your family doesn't really care.

Re:bad stats (1)

xaxa (988988) | about 5 months ago | (#45529067)

(I'm not American.)

Hasn't Thanksgiving just got tangled up in the currently-fashionable religion? It's a harvest festival [wikipedia.org] , which in Europe pre-dates Christianity, and exists in other cultures with a clear harvesting time.

The British version is equally for friends as family. I've missed it for the past three years due to foreign travel, but I used to celebrate with friends (i.e. drink too much).

Re:bad stats (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45531101)

No, TG is not religious. Religious people often get all religious during TG, but there is nothing inherently religious about it, its very secular.

Transients vs. locals (1)

plopez (54068) | about 5 months ago | (#45526395)

Dallas, like many cities of the region are colonized by transient populations from far flung areas. Boston is a city of drunks with large families. Are there any more stereotypes we want to use?

Thanksgiving with co-workers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526709)

No, thanks. They used to be a great bunch of guys, then the company outsourced, most guys left, one of the ones remaining went from a good friend to being weird (never figured out why, but I surely don't care now). I moved on and left that mess.

Fairest for me (3, Insightful)

ToasterTester (95180) | about 5 months ago | (#45526713)

One place I was at we were doing 24/7 support so someone had to always be onsite. For holidays our boss just split the day into 3 hour shifts starting at 6am. For only having to work 3 hours wasn't too painful still got most of the day with family/friends. Boss also said it will be dead bring DVDs to watch, just answer phone if it rings. So pretty painless Holiday work.

Re:Fairest for me (1)

TangoMargarine (1617195) | about 5 months ago | (#45528319)

Our Christmas ~party was the only day we were allowed to drink at work. We put in a couple hours that morning, then played Open Arena, poker, etc. before heading to a local bar afterwards :)

don't put up with this shit! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45526779)

Seriously, why do people put up with this bullshit? Go the fuck home people and spend some time with your families. When people on are on their death beds, they rarely say, I wish I spent more time working.

Does this mean they work on Thanksgiving? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45527013)

Does the stat mean IT workers will be working on server upgrades over the holiday?

More false statistics (1)

Princeofcups (150855) | about 5 months ago | (#45527227)

X% of people SAID this or that. This is another poll that just measures what people think they should say. In Boston, people feel that they should care more about hard work. In the South, people put more emphasis on family and friends.

In the last decade (1)

onyxruby (118189) | about 5 months ago | (#45527365)

Thinking of myself I've spent Thanksgiving at work twice because I was traveling overseas and it wasn't practical to fly back for the holiday. It does wonders for perspective through when you encounter people who insist it is a Christian holiday. You then get to explain that there's only two countries on the planet that celebrate it and they don't even celebrate it on the same day. Out of the US the holiday is known for overeating of food and buying too many presents. sigh

Re:In the last decade (1)

xaxa (988988) | about 5 months ago | (#45528739)

the holiday is known for overeating of food and buying too many presents. sigh

You could say exactly the same about Christmas in the UK. We even choose turkey!

There will be more surveys like this [cpo.org.uk] in the next few weeks:
"Only 10% of adults across the UK think that its religious meaning is the most important thing about Christmas"
"just 4% of 25-34 year olds compared to 20% of those over 60, gave the religious connotations of Christmas a top rating"
"86% of those polled agree that Christmas has become too commercialised"

However, "The YouGov Spending intentions survey for 2013 found that people are planning to spend on average £822 celebrating Christmas. The individual spending figures Are: £599 on presents, £180 on food and drink and £43 on cards, decorations and Christmas trees." (this survey [eauk.org] ). Looks like I'll be about £500, £160 and £43 behind the curve.

Listen... (1)

OglinTatas (710589) | about 5 months ago | (#45527447)

you guys are great to work with, and I enjoy our D&D games on Sunday afternoons, but I have family to annoy during holidays. You know?

It's called a downtime window. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45527903)

This may not because we are all lonely losers who can't make actual friends. Most Lusers can't live without their shared drive, and won't let me upgrade anything during the normal weekends. So when we can get an extra day or two for actual downtime maintenance, we usually grasp that opportunity. I once spent a long weekend just doing cable management in the datacenter.

coworkers? how about alone? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45527925)

I've been travelling to events working with maybe one coworker on certain days and contractors from other companies. I eat almost all my meals alone this time of year. Its 10degrees hotter than outdoors, and 100% humidity in here for this event. They don't turn the ac on until after the event starts. I'll be spending the holiday catching up on paperwork!

Locality (1)

cjc25 (1961486) | about 5 months ago | (#45527967)

The top of the list is probably an intersection of "cities people move to for work" and "cities which have recently developed IT industry," or places where IT workers are less likely to have extended family.

I've done so 3 times (1)

Not-a-Neg (743469) | about 5 months ago | (#45528301)

I've spent 3 Thanksgivings with co-workers, once with a building manager (senior manager), once with a manager of a different department, and once with an administrative assistant that I am still friends with. It was a small company though (around 2,000 employees) so everyone knew each other pretty well.

My current employer is a global bank, everyone here just stabs everyone in the back and is extremely defensive about separating their personal life from work.

I'm just going to stay at home this year, all alone, nothing but the heat from the file server to keep me warm. Thanksgiving dinner will be a breakfast casserole made with frozen hashbrowns, sausage, cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy cooked in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours. =D

Of Course (1)

denmarkw00t (892627) | about 5 months ago | (#45528351)

In Boston, for example, you're pretty sure to be on your own for the holiday — only 6% of coworkers there nosh together.

Ah, well that stinks. Too bad people don't have friends, or family, to spend their holidays with...just coworkers. So, if you're in Boston, you'll probably be alone this Thanksgiving because you don't have friends, you don't have family, and your coworkers hate you.

Married a Coworker (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45528389)

I married a coworker. How does that get counted?

How to say No to cow-workers? (1)

Tolvor (579446) | about 5 months ago | (#45528469)

Here in the United States it is coming close to Thanksgiving, a holiday to visit family and be thankful for our many blessings. However corporate culture, as a part of our-business-is-a-family mentality likes to do pot lucks. I will encourage and support anyone that wants to have the pot luck on company time as long as the company does not make me participate. I, like many people, do not regard my co-workers as a "family". I don't feel like investing extra money to feed these people in the name of company-is-family and "team building". I'm not a hostile employee but I realize that the company regards everyone as a replaceable cog and a lowest-cost expense. Of course I realize saying anything like this to our company would cause me to be fired. I am sure I am not alone in feeling this.

Here's hoping you have a great Thanksgiving, and spend it with those that matter - your real family.

I submitted this as a submission a few days ago, and didn't get accepted... ah well.

Last year.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#45528847)

I was in Boston and had Turkey with a coworker.

That's Ok (1)

The Cat (19816) | about 5 months ago | (#45529621)

They'll be fired right before Christmas, so 100% of them can spend Christmas with their families, asking for a spare room.

That's 2013 America.

Because (1)

jodido (1052890) | about 5 months ago | (#45530259)

No one is actually from Dallas, so no family there, and there's nothing to do there but eat and shop anyway.
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