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December 26, 2008
T’is the Day After
Christmas, So You’d Better Show Up for Work!
What a grumpy bunch of people are surrounding me today. Why? Because
they don’t think they should have to be at work on a Friday.
Ha! I laugh!
Today, of course, is Friday, December 26. It’s the day after Christmas,
which this year fell on a Thursday – and that means nothing but trouble
Some of you will be familiar with
my fond feelings about Thursday holidays, inevitably leading as they
do to the expectation that people will also get Friday off work –
because, well . . . because one day off work is just torture!
give in when it comes to Thanksgiving, mainly because the entire
business world is pretty much shut down, and the effort required to get
people to come in and work on the Friday after Thanksgiving is simply
more trouble than it’s worth. Besides, the majority of those who
would show up would either be sick, hung over or both (or suicidal
if they’re Detroit Lions fans), and no one needs to deal with that.
Christmas, however, is another matter. When I first began assembling my
present staff, there was of course the predictable movement to get me to
declare Christmas Eve and New Years Eve company holidays. I refused.
There is no reason to do this. You get Christmas and New Years off
because they are holidays. Now you want a day off to get ready
for a day off? I. Don’t. Think. So. I did go so far as to close up shop
at 3 p.m. on both days, but a day off is not happening.
But this year, with Christmas and New Years both occurring on Thursdays,
the pressure was on again to “just go ahead and make it a four-day
Apparently this is necessary because a day off on Thursday makes coming
to work on Friday seem just oh, so icky, and hey, you’re already in the
weekend mindset, so how can you possibly be expected to get back into
the work mindset?
Oh, I don’t know, maybe by, say, just doing what you do every Monday?
And if you don’t think you can, that’s what vacation days are for. Even
brand new employees get 10 vacation days every year. They can use them
whenever they want, for any reason or for no reason at all. Lacey, who
has worked for me for a very long time, is quite familiar with my
attitudes about additional days off being added onto established
holidays. So Lacey is smart and she saves vacation days every year to
take around Christmas and New Years. Fine with me. That’s what they’re
for. This year she’s taking vacation days on Christmas Eve and
the day after Christmas.
Most of my other employees, who already used up all their vacation days
months ago, are sitting here with me today, acting extremely gloomy.
They’re giving me a lot of dirty looks. I am not a cold, cruel man, so
I’m responding by giving them extra work to do. It’s keeping them busy
and keeping their minds off how much they hate me – or at least keeping
them too busy to come in here and tell me about it.
The poor, poor dears, being expected to work on a Friday that isn’t a
holiday and that they didn’t request to take as a vacation day – and for
which I am paying them.
wonder if it’s still possible to get a job running Guantanamo Bay. To
listen to these schlumps, I am eminently qualified.
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