Small Business: How To Ethically Stay Open On Thanksgiving, Christmas, Or Any Holiday

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Most local small businesses are closed for major holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, which is wonderful. Taking time off of work is necessary. But what if you want to stay open? Read on to see an example of how to ethically stay open on a holiday — that is, if you choose.

In this example we are looking at Temp Coffee, that recently posted on Facebook they would be open on Thanksgiving.

Naturally, some comments on the post were sympathetic to employees, saying they wished workers didn’t have to work on Thanksgiving.

But then management at Temp Coffee responded and clarified how they were choosing to open for the holiday: they asked their employees first.

“We appreciate your concern for the well-being of our staff. We agree that our employees should be with their families if that’s how they wish to spend the holiday. We always leave it up to our employees if they want to work on Thanksgiving day. If no one wants to then we close the shop. The employees working are there because they want to be,” an admin posted in response to a comment.

By beginning with employees wants in this real world example, the business is able to effectively balance employee wants and needs with the opportunity cost of being open for business on a holiday.

This is just one example of many, and is used in this article because it was seen first.

I’m thankful for all of the people who work across various industries, professions, and services who don’t have as much of a choice in the holidays they have off, and still show up. I’ve been in them before, and will be in the future. This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for all of you.

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Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

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Christian
Christian
Christian is the founder of 229 Life, a community hub for South Georgia. He likes exploring, eating new foods, and beach vacations. Say hello on Twitter at @tellmckinney.

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