If You’re Not Closed On Christmas Day, You’re Really a 1 Percenter

If Ebenezer Scrooge were alive today, he’d be in the 1 percent.

No, not THAT 1 percent, although he’d undoubtedly be among that much-maligned group of rich people, too. The 1 percent in this case refers to the firms and businesses that will be open Christmas Day.

SHRM has been polling businesses on their holiday closing plans for several years now, with fairly consistent results for most of the big ones – New Year’s, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Except for a peculiar little blip in 2011, when 6 percent of businesses said they’d keep their doors open, Christmas is traditionally the one holiday when when most businesses will close.

Next month and in 2013, 99 percent of businesses say they’ll be closed Christmas Day.

12% get the week between holidays off

Thanksgiving comes close in terms of closures; 98 percent of businesses expect to be closed this Thanksgiving, and 99 percent expect to close that day in 2013. On the other hand, anyone checking the ads could be forgiven for thinking every retailer in the country will open before the turkey is out of the oven.

But only 5 percent of the respondents to the 2012 and 2013 holiday polls are retailers. Plus, even though they are pushing up opening times from dawn to 4 a.m. and even earlier, most still won’t throw open their doors and jump out of the way until it is officially Friday. Thus the SHRM poll found 27 percent of businesses in the U.S. will open the day after Thanksgiving, which we all know as Black Friday.

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For 12 percent of the businesses, the week between December 25 and January 1 is a holiday.

Fewer closing for ANY religious holidays

In releasing its survey of 2013’s holiday closing plans, the Society for Human Resource Management observed that far fewer businesses will close for any religious holiday other than Christmas, adding fuel to the continuing debate about whether Dec. 25 is becoming a sort of secular holiday.

“Instead of structuring their holiday calendar around specific religious holidays, many companies encourage their employees to observe days of religious or other special significance through paid time off, vacation, personal leave or floating holidays,” said Shawn Fegley, survey research analyst at SHRM.

According to SHRM’s 2012 Employee Benefits research report, 51 percent of organizations provide a PTO plan; 43 percent provide a stand-alone paid vacation plan; 40 percent offer paid floating holidays, and; 26 percent provide paid personal days.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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