Which Holidays Do Most Employees Get Off? Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s, SHRM Survey Says

October 15, 2013

New statistics also available on employer-paid holidays for part-time vs. full-time workers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Christmas Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day – all holidays that the majority of employers (94 to 95 percent) plan to offer workers in 2014, according to the 2014 Holiday Schedules survey report released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Findings from the survey also show that few organizations plan to close their doors on religious holidays other than Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Additionally, the survey gives statistics on paid and floating holidays that organizations will offer part-time employees – data that was not available in last year's study.

“The part-time worker population is an important piece of an organization’s workforce,” said Evren Esen, manager of SHRM’s Survey Research Center. “Therefore, it was important to show any disparities in time off compared to full-time employees. Adding statistics on this group was an important component of this year’s report.”

According to the survey, most full-time employees (78 percent) will receive six to 10 paid holidays per year, while most part-time workers (51 percent) will receive up to five paid holidays per year.

The top five 2014 holidays that most organizations will observe are:

  1. Christmas Day (95 percent of employers will observe)
  2. Thanksgiving Day (tied with New Year’s Day at 94 percent)
  3. Labor Day (tied with Independence Day at 93 percent)
  4. Memorial Day (92 percent)
  5. Day after Thanksgiving (66 percent)

Other key findings from this survey:

  • Ninety percent or more of organizations will observe: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • The two most common religious holidays following Christmas Day are Christmas Eve (35 percent) and Good Friday (21 percent).
  • The vast majority (98 percent) of organizations said they would keep the number of paid holidays the same in 2014.

This survey included responses from 606 randomly selected HR professionals at organizations of all sizes throughout the United States.

The full survey is available online at: www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Articles/Pages/2014HolidaySchedules.aspx

For more surveys/poll findings, visit shrm.org/surveys.

Media: For more information or to request an interview, contact Vanessa Gray at 703-535-6072 and Vanessa.gray@shrm.org or Kate Kennedy of SHRM Public Affairs at 703-535-6260 and Kate.kennedy@shrm.org

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