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My lazy weekend

I love enjoying my lazy weekend.

I love my lazy weekend, when I don’t have to get up early to go to work or snooze the alarm almost 5 times until I can finally make a move.
I love my lazy weekend, when I don’t have to choose either to have breakfast or to run to work.
I love my lazy weekend, although it’s nothing but reading my favourite books, listening to my favourite songs and looking up the blue sky through the green leaves of the chestnut by the house.
In between, it could be a nap where the dreams are always happy, no nightmare at all, because it can only be ‘day mare’… 🙂

I guess that’s why, for me, Monday is Blue.
On Monday, half of the office is absent. People “pull a sickie” for having a hangover from the weekend party. (…oh, my ethics of virtue… )

And on Monday, work load is twice as much compared to a normal workday, because it has somehow accumulated during the weekend!

Ah, my boss works during the weekend … sigh…


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The free London business newspaper City A. M. published last Tuesday that the consulting firm Ernst & Young is to implement a scheme so its employees can take as many holidays as they want. Forget about 20 working days. If you want to take 30, do so. 40? No problem. That’s a good place to work.

The objective is ending the “attendance culture”. That is, in spite of being eight hours at the office, you might actually be working less than somebody else who is there just six hours. The aim is changing the concept of “going to work” by “doing work”. It is not about being in the office, but doing your duties and doing them well.

This brings me memories of when at school the teachers told us that we were not having compulsory homework anymore, but optional. Great! No more homework. But at the end of the term, the students who had been doing homework had better marks, and the teachers would help them more. Anyway, that wasn’t a big problem, because it was enough with a “pass”, and we weren’t there to make friends with the teachers.

As far as I know, working Saturdays and even Sundays is quite common in big consultancy firms such as Ernst & Young, or getting to the end of the year with some holidays still remaining. They have a pyramidal structure, with many junior employees and fewer seniors. That means when promotion time comes (so called Round Table), it is not enough with a pass. You have to be better than the rest. I am sure knowing that, you are going to take many holidays (!?!)

And while you are lying on the beach, sipping your Caipirinha, you will be thinking about Smith and Johns sitting in their chairs at the office, working like little ants, working six days a week, receiving taps on their back by your managers, covering your duties, talking to the clients assigned to you. And when the promotion comes, guess who is going to get promoted and who is going to get permanent holidays.

When I started my work at a smaller consulting company my manager informed me that they started at 9 AM in the morning. Naively, I asked “and what time do you leave?”, to which he replied with a wide smile. Clearly, this scheme of taking as many holidays as you want is a great idea… but I do not know for who.


(Sirventes is the author of the blog Un mundo perplejo (in Spanish), who is joining us from time to time to share his experience in London)

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I’ve just bumped into this article, I find it quite amusing.

60% of the employees in the survey sample admit that they do not work full hours as they should. An average of 2 hours is lost. Of course, they had tons of personal things to sort out in working hours.

Not surprisingly, the top wasting time activity is to surf Internet for personal use (about 45% among 10,000 surveyees ), followed by chit-chatting with co-workers and conducting personal businesses.
Especially some of them are very brave to admit that they apply for another job in the office. (I wouldn’t argue with the result of this research at all.)

In many offices, HR and IT Department have worked together to ban several websites and chatting applications, but I guess it’s not enough, technology has taken an advance step. Now, Yahoo and Google has launched their chatting application online, i.e. we can chat as if we are surfing the internet. How brilliant and creative people can be to surpass the barriers set by employers.

I would bet this research was done before the creation of Facebook. As Facebook is now such a trendy & “kool” thing to do, we would feel as if we were left aside by not living on Facebook. For many, it will take more than 2 working hours/day spending on the page and updating their mood, typically: “Tom is bored”, “Sam is flirting with Alice”, “Ann is tickling herself and giggling” etc…

Oh, and they should have added another wasting time activity as “Updating personal blog”…. :-[

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