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July 4 Hangovers


Many workers won’t be ready for the dawn’s early light on Thursday. Because the Fourth of July falls midweek on Wednesday this year, many employees are working the day after the holiday; it’s not as simple to tack on a vacation day for an extended weekend as it would be if the Fourth were closer to Saturday or Sunday. And AAA is warning that a record-breaking 46.9 million Americans plan to hit the road, skies, trains, and waterways this week, with Tuesday being a “terrible” day for drivers in particular, so sticking close to work and home makes an appealing alternative.

And workers’ pursuit of happiness, namely with beer and wine, which see a 40% boost in sales as we toast our nation’s independence, on Wednesday is going to leave them fizzled out the next day, according to Captivate’s Office Pulse, a survey panel of working professionals. Almost one in five (19%) of workers said they will be “extra tired” or “hungover” on Thursday, and 30% of millennials expect to be exhausted and hungover.

Half of the employees in the survey said they are taking a couple of days off right before and after the holiday this week, with most taking Thursday (63%) and Friday (61%) to sleep off the fireworks from the night before, although some put in for some personal time the Monday (31%) and Tuesday (39%) ahead of the holiday.

One-fifth of managers complained that they were overwhelmed with vacation requests for this week. And some employees are unhappy about how this week’s leave time was handled. Fourteen percent said they resent how their employer treated vacation time this week, with almost a quarter (23%) of millennials, in particular, expressing resentment. Read more here.