In the past, I have always thought of those workers whose jobs require that someone is on the job every day of the year. There are benefits to working holidays, and many employees are happy to work and earn extra pay. Some even volunteer to work so a co-worker can be off. There are several types of work that this applies to, and here are some of them; maybe you will think of others:
- Law Enforcement. Prisons must be staffed 24/7, so correction officers and jailers must be there. Also, police, sheriff officers, and of course, our State Troopers are out in full force, reminding us (by their presence) to drive safely and observe the speed limit.
- Nuclear Power Reactor Operators. These require near-constant surveillance, and must be attended to. They boast an exceptional safety record.
- Electric power line and gas repairmen. If your power goes out any day, you expect someone to answer the call.
- Medical personnel. We all know that illness and accidents never take a day off. This requires staffing at hospitals, nurses, doctors on call, and emergency response teams to be on stand-by.
- How about telecommunication equipment repairers? They may get called out in case of a shut-down emergency, and must have someone to respond.
- Travel. We take for granted that airplanes, air traffic controllers, pilots, and staff are flying every day to get us from Point A to Point B. This includes luggage handlers, screaners, ticket operations, etc. Trains don’t stop for Christmas, either. Their conductors and yardmasters still must show up for work. Buses make their usual runs, as well.
- Water and wastewater treatment plant and systems operators are working around the clock to ensure that we have clean water. Because this is non-stop, someone always has to be operating the system, even on holidays.
- Our firefighters. Fireworks are plentiful during holidays, always causing the threat of fire. Adding fuel to the fire is the possibility of someone “frying the turkey”, and having an accident. Christmas trees and candles are also fire hazards. But you can count on your fire department to be there day or night, any day of the year.
- Last, but not ever least, the military. They are ready 24/7. Let’s hope for a more peaceful new year for the world, especially our troops.
There are many businesses that operate 365 days per year – hotels, restaurants, etc. Travelers would find it hard to have successful journeys without their services.
We wish everyone, at home or work during these holidays, a very Happy Holiday Season. Stay safe.