New Survey Reveals One in Five Workers Will Spend Thanksgiving With Colleagues

If you have Thanksgiving on the brain, you’re not alone. But if you plan on spending the holiday with colleagues instead of family, you’re not alone either.

And it’s not always by choice — it pretty much boils down to whether or not you have to work.

A new CareerBuilder survey reveals almost one out of five workers plan to celebrate with colleagues although nearly one out of 10 survey participants indicate they would only spend the holiday with colleagues if they weren’t working. Approximately 91 percent prefer to spend giving thanks with their own families.

Atlanta has the highest percentage at 35, next comes Dallas at 30, then San Francisco at 23, Phoenix at 22, Washington, D.C. at 20, then Los Angeles and New York at 16 percent, the list continues.

Whether you’re in or out of the office on Thursday, certain industries have higher probabilities of working than others. Transportation and utilities is the industry with the highest percentage at 28. And considering so many stores will be open this year, retail workers hail at 25 percent, then finance at 23 percent, followed by health care, IT and leisure and hospitality.

As for age, 35 to 44 year-olds are the highest percentage of workers planning to hang with colleagues, followed by 18 to 24 year-olds then 25 to 34 year-olds.