July 4th: A Mid-Week Headache for Managers

The 4th of July falls smack dab in the middle of the week this year, overwhelming some managers and fueling hangovers for the dedicated few who plan to truck into the office the next day.

The mid-week holiday is not deterring wayfarers, though. AAA predicts a record-breaking 46.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this holiday, the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago.

Half of business professionals plan to take time off around Independence Day, according to an Office Pulse survey of more than 350 workers. Most people are planning to extend their time off after the 4th, inundating managers by the volume of requests. One out of five managers says they are overwhelmed by the amount of vacation requests for the week of July 4th.


31% Monday 39% Tuesday 64% Wednesday 63% Thursday 61% Friday


Inebriation Nation

Among those planning to go into work on Thursday, just 19% say they will be “extra tired” or “hungover.” However, that number nearly doubles among Millennials, with 30% of them saying they will be tired or hungover on Thursday. If you have an office full of Baby Boomers, rest assured that just one out of 10 will be feeling the residual effects of their mid-week independence.

Vacation Vexation

Just 14% of business professionals say they resent their employer for their treatment of vacation time during the week of the 4th of July. However, the stat jumps up to 23% among Millennials, who typically expect a more flexible work-life balance.

If you’re planning to sneak out of the office a little earlier on Tuesday, keep in mind that it is expected to be the busiest day on the road, according to INRIX.


About Office Pulse

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