do you mind working on christmas ??

India
December 5, 2012 1:18am CST
we have received an e-mail that we would have to work even on christmas. and if we do not report to work on that day , we would be penalized , heavy deductions in salary. we work for american co. our co-workers in usa would not be working from 20th dec till 1st jan. therefore indians need to work. about 30% of the staff here is christian. they are really upset about this..
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@gunsing (142)
• Indonesia
5 Dec 12
No, I don't mind at all. Christmas for me it's not about the day, the party, the celebration etc. Christmas is about the spirit of Jesus Christ teachings/gospel; it's to remind us to thank God that He has given His only child to save the world.
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• India
5 Dec 12
hey, that is such a nice thought. If every body could think like you. then there would be no staffing issues on Christmas ..
@mysdianait (64064)
• Italy
5 Dec 12
I would be pleased to be able to work on any day at all. In the past I have had several jobs which required me to work on Christmas day, weekends and other holidays too. My last permanent job was as a receptionist in an hotel and we all worked at some point on Christmas day every year. I also worked on the last day of the year too and my shift ended at midnight. I would always work an hour extra until 1 a.m so that my colleague who worked the night shift could celebrate the new year with friends and/or family. The following shift I would leave an hour earlier to make up for the extra hour.
• India
5 Dec 12
oh ! you are a hard working person . Most of us would crib if we had to work like you. I do work on week ends as well, but I would like an off on 25th. so that I can enjoy the day
@mysdianait (64064)
• Italy
5 Dec 12
I am unemployed at the moment but when I do have a job, I realise that I am fortunate to have one and work when it is required for me to do so. Have you realised how many people actually work on holidays, including Christmas? Those that come to my mind are doctors and nurses, those in the armed forces and transport and those in catering too but I am certain that there are many many more. If you work you will be one of many who will be working and unable to be with their family and while you are working, give a thought to the many who will not be working but will be alone because they have also no family to be with either
• Thailand
5 Dec 12
Just like me Miss Diana... I am alone this Christmas .. no family
@Mavic123456 (9695)
• Thailand
5 Dec 12
If I will have a choice I won't work on Christmas, but ... I am living and working in a buddhist country they have no Christmas. So.. what can I do? There's no threat on me, there's no neck breaking.. but i am here, I have chosen here, LOL I have to take it. I am not just working on Christmas day, I am also alone on this day.
@deazil (4556)
• United States
5 Dec 12
Me, too Mavic. Not working but alone as well.
• Thailand
5 Dec 12
hmmm.. I still have one hope of not being alone Ms Deazil. if it comes true I might not be. wheeeeeeee let the power of the snake works for me. kazaaaaaam!!
• India
5 Dec 12
that is correct, if I'm away from family I shall work and keep myself busy. staying back home will make me feel bored and miserable
@sishy7 (27666)
• Australia
5 Dec 12
I used to manage an engraving gift store when I was young and single. Christmas was always the busiest season for the store. I did not mind at all back then to work long hours up to Christmas and New Year eves as there were always those who ordered last minute gifts.
@prashu228 (25814)
• India
5 Dec 12
yes the stores will be very busy during the Christmas time and New year. Those who are working there really don't get time as they have to be there in the stores and its their best earning time.
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• India
5 Dec 12
my company designs and maintains credit card processing software system. I'm sure some thing is going to wrong on busy day. and engineers would have big trouble
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• Philippines
5 Dec 12
It's good that we don't go to work on Christmas Day. It's our only holiday though. It's just a one-day holiday unlike others they have a week or more than a week. Oh my. Hope you'll enjoy Christmas at work. You don't have any choice after all.
• India
5 Dec 12
i hope the same too. but I am sure on 25th employee would not turn up and we will be over loaded with work
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• Philippines
5 Dec 12
Oh, they will be penalized but I guess they don't care of that penalty. Being with their loved ones matter to them. Christmas happens only once a year and this holiday is for us to commemorate the birth of Jesus.
@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
5 Dec 12
I have no problem with working at Christmas, but I do want enough time off to celebrate as every one else does. I will be off work from Friday 21st until Thursday 27th, but even if I had been asked to work on those days it would be fine as long as I had enough time to visit family members.
• India
5 Dec 12
that is the whole problem we have to report to work at 6 p.m and stay back until 4 a.m.. we need to extend our shift
@iluvusabado (2560)
• Philippines
5 Dec 12
if my job is to help other people who might need my help, i wouldn't mind. christmas day is only one day anyways. we can celebrate christmas the next day or even earlier.
• India
5 Dec 12
well , I respect my job so I think it is better to stick to company rules.
@aabuda (1729)
• Philippines
5 Dec 12
I think I will definitely not mind. Although, Christmas is family bonding and a time to cherish our blessings that we received for the year. But we have also to think about our job that it needed us and that we have to follow company rules and policies.
• India
5 Dec 12
I can do my job very well now. company has trained me and cannot afford to loose an experienced employee. But I do not want to play around with my job. I get offers from better companies, and the ones who provide more paid leaves. but I'm a loyal employee. must sacrifice personal life and work when really needed.
@prashu228 (25814)
• India
5 Dec 12
Ohh that's so sad, some plan to spend time with family and friends during the celebration . I don't like to work on celebration day but if the company is very strict with it and have no choice then have to . As don't like to have heavy deduction in my salary.
• India
5 Dec 12
yes, after all we are the slaves of our needs and requirements. I can't manage my expenses if my salary is deducted. more over New year is around the corner. expenses are going to go high
@jenny1015 (13390)
• Philippines
5 Dec 12
I am so sorry about that. If I were put in the same situation, I would still choose to be home with my family. It is the time of year that we get to be together and I do not want to miss that chance.
• India
5 Dec 12
thanks for understanding my situation. but i know my company will face short staffing on 25th. so i must be there to support my colleagues.
@bittu27 (86)
• India
5 Dec 12
No, i dont mind working in christmas but i want a full holiday on 25th dec. but after that no problem in working and our office will also remain open as there is no holiday for the christmas week. India is not a christian country but a hindu country where hindu festivals are celebrated with much aplomb and people always work in christmas.
• India
5 Dec 12
that is correct. but let me tell you 40% people in INDIA are Muslims. 20% Christians and 5% other minorities. anyways, we worked on all Hindu festivals and now even the Christians will have to work, even on 25th Dec. and we have night shifts as well
@neelia27 (896)
• Philippines
6 Dec 12
sorry to here that.. i used to worked also during holidays and it is really sad to worked in that day when all your family members are having a good time and you are missing a lot of fun but you have a duty so be responsible and just think that there are a lot of days where you can still celebrate it with your family..
@sid556 (31006)
• United States
6 Dec 12
Hi there, I'm in the States and I work on Christmas. My boss is a bit kinder than yours. We have a choice of working.If no one wanted to work,he would close the store...simple. I go in from 2pm until 10 pm so it gives me time with the family and all in the morning. I also get paid double time for working and the extra money is also very good. Do you at least get paid extra? Do you work for Walmart? They treat their workers like that too. They had to work on Thanksgiving or else lose their jobs because they started black Friday early. So many people got upset by this that they were picketing and protesting Walmart I just do my silent protest by just not shopping there.
@trisha27 (3505)
• United States
6 Dec 12
I am greatfull that I have Christmas off. I hope they never change it. Our store is open year around on all the holidays except for the Christmas. We do have to work on Christmas Eve though and that I don't mind. But I'd rather be home for Christmas so I can spend time with my husband. I don't have other family here, but I'd rather not leave my husband alone on Christmas. The most important thing for me in Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus and also spending time with friends and family. And celebrating what happened to change our world.
@leeandrew (1226)
• Philippines
6 Dec 12
I don't mind working on a Christmas day as long as my schedules falls on it co's means that my mind is set on doing that and for sure made plans for my holiday. What I would not like is when it's not on my schedule then suddenly I'm on it. I'm sorry to hear that sometimes admins or management don't really look on the welfare of their employees but rather on the loss they would suffer when their employees don't work.
• United States
6 Dec 12
If I work I make money so I would not have a problem working on this day. as long as I am home to see my family open up the gifts I bought them it will be just fine.
6 Dec 12
If everyone or at least 80%-90% of my colleagues, regardless of race, would work on Christmas then I won't mind. I guess the reason why your staff gets upset, aside from the fact that 30% in your office are Christians, is the fact that your co-workers in US will be on holidays while they are giving up your holidays which could mean sacrificing quality time with their families while their US co-workers enjoy theirs.
@salonga (27994)
• Philippines
6 Dec 12
it is really very upsetting to receive such kind of memo. Imagine you have to work on Christmas! For people who consider Christmas an important occasion it is really depressing to go to work on that day. How could you ever enjoy celebrating Christmas in the office when you know your family are all gathered together and enjoying the food, the gifts and togetherness? Wahhhhh, I would not want that to happen to me. Never would I work in a company that requires employees to work even during Christmas Well, to some Christmas is no big deal so working during Christmas does not really matter at all. But to me, since it's the celebration of the birth of my Savior... it is to me the most important occasion of the year. I know Americans don't really celebrate Christmas as big as Thanksgiving Day so that is probably the reason why your American Employer requires you to work. But on the second thought...would it cost them that much to give considerations to those who would like to take a leave on that day?
@robspeakman (1705)
6 Dec 12
I have worked most Christmas's and New Years the past 15 years - It does not bother me at all - However this year I have 24, 25, 26 of December off And I also have new years eve and new years day off