would you work on Christmas if your job paid you double-pay?

@maezee (33295)
United States
December 8, 2010 9:58pm CST
I think I would. Is this selling out? A couple of people I know worked at their jobs on Thanksgiving, and made DOUBLE TIME for their time working there. A couple of these people work in factories and are unionized, and so they totally made bank on Thanksgiving. I would totally do this given the opportunity. Not that I don't appreciate the time with my family, but I would LOVE to make double pay @ my job. That would be super sweet! Have you ever gotten double pay? And would you work on a Holiday to get this kind of pay?
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19 responses
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
9 Dec 10
Christmas should be a time of celebration. it should be shared with family and friends. Double pay does sound nice for doing your job, but i don't think i could bear the sacrifice.
@ajithlal (14569)
• India
30 Mar 12
I also agree with sender Christmas should be the time of celebration and that time should be with the people we love. Money cannot buy everything in life.
@hushi22 (4940)
9 Dec 10
if i would work for only 8 hours as a nurse, i would! but if i would work for long hours, then i wouldn't. few months ago when i worked as a company nurse i had few double pays because i prefer to work on holidays than do nothing at home.
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• Philippines
9 Dec 10
I guess I would work on a Christmas day when I'm paid double. It's not that I don't like to spend time with my family on Christmas day, but it would be fine with me if I work 8 hours a day after Christmas eve... and get paid double... that would be great.. so I can treat my them with my double pay... ^_^
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• Georgia
9 Dec 10
I think I would because I can celebrate later on and this double-pay will help me to do so, many companies have this double-pay system on Christmas and it works.
@ronjel (10)
• Philippines
9 Dec 10
Working in Holidays like Christmas Holiday is good even though it contains advantage and disadvantage, but for me I will for it not just because for my own good but also for the benefit of whole family, because i do these for them. I try to find ways to make them enjoy... having fun...
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
9 Dec 10
I worked at a local hospital for about a year and a half when my daughter was younger and we were required to work either Thanksgiving Day or the day before, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day and also New Year's Eve or New Year's Day. We only got time and a half for working those hours that actually fell on Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years and I worked 7p-7a so I never got a full 12 hours of time and a half. Though I didn't mind Thanksgiving or New Years, I hated the fact that I had to work part of Christmas. The reason that I hated it so was because of the fact that Christmas has always been the most important holiday for our family. So, in answer to your question, I would not work for double time if there was a choice.
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• United States
9 Dec 10
I don't work however if I was to make double, I would if it isn't interfering because Christmas in my family isn't celebrated until night time so if I worked during thee day, then sure why not. It depends.
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
9 Dec 10
I would not try to work on Christmas. I think it is the time to spend with family and enjoy the goodtime. I think sometimes we need to spend time with our family and share the love and happiness with them. I am working in medical transcription and I am hoping to get off on the Christmas.
• Bulgaria
9 Dec 10
I think like ajithlal. Cristmas is the time when we must to be whit our family! This is the time when we can be close whit them! When I have worked like waiter I didn't have choice. But now I prefer to spend this holiday whit my family and close friends.
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@ajithlal (14569)
• India
12 Mar 12
I think we need to spend time with the family and friends because we work hard to support our family and we need to keep them care and support also for them. I think Christmas is one of the best time that can be spend together with the family with lots of happiness and joy.
• United States
9 Dec 10
Maezee- We celebrate the winter solstice so my hubby is actually off for the entire weekend and that Monday. He then works the rest of the week meaning he'll get double pay for Christmas day, which is a sweet deal because we don't actually celebrate that day. Now he was supposed to be paid on-call pay for Thanksgiving but it actually didn't add up to very much, not as much as if you actually work the holiday. Namaste-Anora
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• United States
9 Dec 10
Maezee- After reading the responses given I've not seen anyone actually speak about being grateful for those who do work the standard holidays. My husband works in a hospital, and can anyone honestly tell me they'd love to see it shut down during the holidays? Should we just leave patients on their own to oh I don't know do their own IV drips? What about police, fire, and so forth? Should they just say "Oh, you have a burglar? Umm sorry I'm having Christmas in Almira". I mean, we live in a society where we as a society have decided we need to have certain things to run a civilized community. Though I'm sure everyone would love to spend special holidays with their family we should be thankful there are those willing to do so. Namaste-Anora
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@tovk12 (227)
• India
9 Dec 10
I would certainly love to work on any day. I am not christian and so do not celebrate christmas but I would certainly work on any festival if they are paying me double. This is just so that the extra money can be used to buy some small things which are necessary but still ignored.
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@wonga94 (218)
• Singapore
9 Dec 10
No i wouldn't even though I work in a job that pays double on public hoildays. I think that occasions like Christmas and Thanksgiving are meant for us to spend time and bond with our family members. This occasions helps us appreciate one another more. There's always more opportunities to make more money but there's only a few opportunities to spend time with your family due to our hectic life.
@camposkat (310)
9 Dec 10
I think it's not so bad if you're not really going to do anything on that holiday then a double pay day would be nice. I've worked on January 1st this year because I was called for work by my former employer as we were short staffed that day because it was a holiday and most staffs were on their holiday vacations. It was okay for me because I wasn't doing anything nor was I with my family.
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@karishna (86)
• Philippines
9 Dec 10
Hi! I've tried it once to work on Christmas Eve. It is kind of sad if you and your family get together every Christmas Eve and you are not tere to celebrate with them It is very sad of coarse but you are in the real world honey, and in that world you have to work hard in order to earn money. So, for me, I really needed that double pay so I worked during Christmas Eve. But during New Year I reserved that date for my family alone hehe advance Seasons greetings to all!!
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
13 Dec 10
Any other holiday, I would! As I would also like to be paid double. Except Christmas. When I was a little boy, Christmas day was always a very relaxing day, with nothing to do. And just be with family, with lots of food to eat. Even up to this day, I still associate Christmas day as that. So, I would like for my kids to see it that way too,
@ifa225 (11098)
• Indonesia
11 Dec 10
i never want to work in a great holiday like that. Christmas or holly day never comes twice. and no money, no matter how big it is could exchange it. it is time for gather and family.
@buggles64 (2715)
• United States
10 Dec 10
I would! My kids go to the other side of the family's homes during the day, which pretty much gives me all morning free. I too enjoy this time with my family, but it would be hard to turn down an opportunity to make some extra money to put toward debt and bills. I have never received double pay, only time and a half.
@elims15 (67)
• Philippines
10 Dec 10
I will work on Christmas if my job paid me in double.. I badly need money for my family. Thats why i work double for the financial of my family and eat less to give it for them. I am will to work many shifting for them. My family is important for me. Thats why i decided to work on Holidays specially Christmas
@shattered (1731)
• Philippines
10 Dec 10
You could always reschedule your Christmas celebration before or after the double pay period. It would also depend on the availability of my family members. If my family will be available on the said day then I would skip double pay, but if they are not than I would grab the bonus. One thing to consider would be the amount I would be earning as a result of the double pay.
• United States
9 Dec 10
I would absolutely work on Christmas if I were receiving double-pay. No question.