Survey Shows Nearly 20 Percent of Workers Will Spend Thanksgiving With Colleagues

Turkey Day2Sure, you’ve probably heard about the expression “work family” and with Thanksgiving almost here, it couldn’t be closer to the truth.

According to a new CareerBuilder survey, almost one in five workers plan to celebrate the holiday with colleagues. 

The highest percentages hover around Houston (40 percent), Dallas (32 percent) and Atlanta (31 percent) and by industry. Leisure and hospitality professionals plan to hang out with co-workers on Turkey Day to the tune of 20 percent compared to health care at 19 percent and IT at 16 percent.

We should point out it’s pretty consistent by age. Approximately one in five professionals from 18 to 24 will spend the holiday with their work family compared to 19 percent of 25 – 34-year-olds, compared to 23 percent of 35 to 44 year-olds.

Since geography may play a huge role on whether or not you go home and who you spend the holiday with, when given a choice 91 percent of survey participants said they would prefer to spend the holiday with their family compared to one percent who would prefer to spend it with colleagues. Eight percent said they would prefer to spend it with neither group.