The answer is probably the latter. Companies can save on operational costs just by shutting down facilities for a week or so. The trend toward closing up shop over a holiday break is growing. Many companies in the U.S. and Canada gave workers a week off in early July to celebrate Independence Day and Canada Day (see Optical Companies Extend Holidays). Now, they're doing the same for Christmas and New Year’s. Light Reading polled readers in December to find out if their companies were shutting down for the holidays. Here’s a summary of the results:
For the rest of the December poll results click here: Holiday Shutdowns. You can also check out January’s work poll: Job Prospects in 2003. Will 2003 be a better year than 2002? Light Reading wants to know what you’re expecting for the coming year.
— Marguerite Reardon, Senior Editor, Light Reading