The holiday of gratitude is coming this week. But even though Thanks is in the name, some may not feel very thankful if they are working rather than spending time with friends and family on Thanksgiving.
Many people are working on Thanksgiving Day as well as other holidays, some providing necessary services so we can enjoy the holidays, while others are working to earn extra money and benefits.
Although everyone appreciates people working in necessary support services, many Americans are not supportive of stores being open on Thanksgiving. Retailers open on holidays to keep up or get ahead of what other stores are doing. What do you think about the trend toward retailers opening on Thanksgiving to get ahead? Is it a service to customers and employees or just another way to make a profit?
Traditions are important to many people and change can be disruptive. "It is healthy for employees to get a day off during the holidays, especially for Thanksgiving Day because it really is a time to show gratitude." said W. Ballard, the Assistant Executive Director for Organizational Excellence for the American Psychological Association. Can you be grateful for your job while working on a holiday especially one with Thanks in the name?
For those who choose a career where they know they may be working on holidays to help people in crisis and emergencies, they are often thankful they can be of service on holidays. Those without families in the area who want to earn extra income are thankful for their jobs in retail.
Whether you are working or expecting someone for dinner who ends up on the job, you can create a holiday of giving thanks for the opportunity to work.
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