Survey result looks stuffed: 84% of IT pros work Thanksgiving?

It's no secret that having to work holidays and/or be on call is just a joyful part of the job for many IT professionals, but could it possibly be true that more than 8 out of 10 will log time on the clock this Thanksgiving Day?

According to a survey conducted by IT hosting provider Intermedia.NET, fully 84 percent of IT pros who responded to a survey of 500 business workers reported that they will toil for the company all or part of tomorrow's holiday.   

Without getting a gander at the survey methodology, I'm going to guess that number is goosed at least a bit. However, since these surveys are pretty much for entertainment purposes to begin with, I thought a few of the other results might be worth sharing.

- You dearly love your wife's Aunt Shirley, Uncle Spence and the couple's four-pack of brats, but 6 percent of IT pros admitted that they will "pretend to work to avoid relatives." 

- Seems there is nothing like the sound of forks hitting the table to trigger that beeper on some belts: 7 percent copped to using the work dodge to get out of doing the dishes.

- And, let's all give thanks that the always-connected, always-available employee remains more marketing hyperbole than reality: 9 percent of IT pros confessed that they will be conveniently "unreachable" by phone or e-mail tomorrow.

One final note: The survey indicated that IT pros are 17 percent more likely to receive an urgent work call on the holiday than are senior executives … who should be extra thankful that someone is keeping the company's systems up and running while everyone else is having a second slice and falling asleep watching football.

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