One in Five Workers Spent Thanksgiving With Co-Workers

Chicago — Nov. 25

Nearly 1 in 5 (19 percent) workers said they planned to celebrate Thanksgiving with co-workers either in or out of the office, according to a survey by CareerBuilder administered in August and September.

Workers who celebrate Thanksgiving with co-workers 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
• IT – 23 percent
• Leisure and hospitality – 21 percent

By diverse groups
• African-American workers – 32 percent
• LGBT workers – 25 percent
• Workers with disabilities – 22 percent
• Asian workers – 19 percent
• Hispanic workers – 18 percent

By age
• 18-24 – 21 percent
• 25-34 – 17 percent
• 35-44 – 22 percent
• 45-54 – 18 percent
• 55+ – 16 percent

Additionally, 14 percent of workers said they have to work on Thanksgiving, with hospitality workers the most likely to be on the clock.

• Leisure and hospitality – 36 percent
• Retail – 29 percent
• Health care – 23 percent
• Transportation and utilities – 21 percent

It’s no surprise that workers look forward to spending time with family on Thanksgiving. However, given the choice, nearly 1 in 10 reported they prefer not spending the holiday with family or co-workers:

• My family – 91 percent
• My co-workers – 2 percent
• Neither – 8 percent

Source: CareerBuilder