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Christmas isn't that important a holiday to me. I like the day off, and it's fun doing presents, but it doesn't have a religious significance nor importance to me. So, I don't mind working on it when it comes up.

When I was a kid, my best friend was from a Nepalese/Tibetan family, and they were all Buddhists. His dad was a bartender and a chef, and he loved working on Christmas and Christmas Eve. The tips were outrageously good. And, of course, with their social background, Christmas was just another day to them.

I see it pretty much the same way these days.

So, one possible solution in some workplaces might be to have people take the holidays that matter to them, and cover for others on the holidays that matter to those. That'll depend on how diverse the workplace team is, of course. Of course, this would have to be managed in such a way that it didn't lead to "workplace religious discrimination" lawsuits.

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Our company allows people to work the holiday as an option to being able to take an extra comp day when you want/need it...
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I agree with Steve. However, I think whenever it's feasible, companies should offer time and a half (i.e. overtime rate) and the option for employees to work on holidays. This incentivises employees for working extra & ideally, provides the opportunity for those who do work, the opportunity to earn some extra money.

I think this similar to Steve's suggestion regarding the extra days off. For someone like myself though who doesn't "vacation", I'd personally like the opportunity to make some extra money. Even if I wanted to have a certain holiday off, I'd be hard pressed to turn down an extra 50% pay! w00t
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I hadn't thought of that, but companies ought to offer pay for holidays. I know we're on salary for the most part, but we should get compensation for holidays, especially if it's working at night for a deployment/maintenance.

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Yeah, I work for a relatively small company (15 employees) so we don't always have the option to pick & choose who gets to work when. Fortunately though, everyone is considerate & reasonable when it comes to deciding who is going to stay late or come in on the weekends.

I would expect that most departments in a larger company have similar unwritten policies when it comes to these types of decisions. Ultimately, it depends on the management though.
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I hadn't thought of that, but companies ought to offer pay for holidays. I know we're on salary for the most part, but we should get compensation for holidays, especially if it's working at night for a deployment/maintenance.


One place I worked offered double pay to hourly employees if they worked a scheduled holiday. That seemed fair.

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I agree with Dave that there should some type compensation. Alexander, I think you are right. Based on my experience, there are unwritten policies in both large and small companies that managers will use.



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I don't disagree with any attempts to request (or demand if you feel it necessary) additional compensation (perks, pay or paid time off). However, if you were hired to manage a data center with the intent to maintain uptime, that should already be factored into your compensation package. So saying people should "demand" more may, in some situations, seem like a slap in the face to your employer.

For instance, when I went home for Christmas there was a blizzard. A friend of the family worked for the city and had to clear the roads Christmas Eve and Christmas day. It's unfortunate because he didn't get to spend time with his family those two days. At the same time, that's his job. If he didn't want to do that or didn't want to do it for the amount he is paid, then he wouldn't have accepted job.

There are a lot of people that need to be more accountable for their duties and actions. If you agreed to the terms of employment, then hold up your end of the deal. If you feel it is necessary or time to renegotiate, do so.
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However, if you were hired to manage a data center with the intent to maintain uptime, that should already be factored into your compensation package...If you agreed to the terms of employment, then hold up your end of the deal

mzak, good point. I completely agree.



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