Where will you spend the final week of 2015?
For some, the week between Christmas and New Year's is a chance for some holiday bliss at home or on vacation, while many are stuck cooped up at the office.
A new study from staffing firm Robert Half examined workers' plans for the final week of 2015.
"The end of the calendar year is usually a tale of two experiences," said Carl Van Horn, director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.
Van Horn said the end-of-year trend can often depend on the type of industry that people work in. He said that in sectors, such as retail, entertainment, and law enforcement, it can be all hands on-deck. Many business offices, on other hand, have much lighter attendance during the final week.
"Other folks are in a relaxation mode," Van Horn said. "They're feeling good about the year being over and some time off with family and friends."
More than 1,000 office workers were surveyed for the study.
Fifty-nine percent said they will work at least part of the week of December 28, with 79 percent expecting to be productive. As for those planning to take the week off, 60 percent intend to check in with their office.
Van Horn said that the evolving smart phone and tablet technology provides many workers the best of both worlds.
"Because they are going to take the time off anyway, but they can still remain in touch with urgent matters back in the office without needing to go in," he said.
The end-of-year can also often provide a bit of a disconnect between the employer and employee since the last days can be critical for companies to make their numbers and complete yearly goals
Some other key findings from the Robert Half study:
- Twenty-eight percent of U.S. workers are taking the entire week of Dec. 28 as vacation. Among this group, 52 percent are taking the time off because their company closes for the week. More than 8-in-10 report this is paid time off and they don't need to take from their vacation time.
- Sixty percent of employees will check in with the office if they're away. Men are significantly more likely to check in than women. Seventy-one percent of workers in the Northeast region plan to stay in touch - the highest percentage of any geography.
- Thirteen percent of employees haven't solidified their plans for the last week of the year and don't know if they're taking time off.
- Workers in the 55+ age group are significantly more likely to report they'll be "very productive" in the final days of 2015. Their 45 percent is nearly twice the figure of the 18-34 and 35-54 groups (which both reported 24 percent).