My place of employment shuts down between Christmas and New Year's every year. This is not time off on top of the normal Federal holidays celebrated throughout the year (of which there are ten). This is in lieu of four of those holidays.
For instance, we don't take the following Federal holidays off: Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Columbus Day and Veterans' Day. So in exchange for not taking four long weekends during the year, we get essentially an entire week off at Christmas.
I like that, in fact, I like that a lot.
While a long weekend is nice, an entire week off is nicer. So in addition to however many hours of "Paid Time Off" (PTO) one receives, we also get that week at Christmas. Unless, of course, the schedule of whatever project one happens to be on dictates otherwise. So, if your project is behind and Christmas is on the horizon, one can expect to hear the following as regards the Christmas Break:
"So Cratchit, I suppose you'll be wanting the entire day off?"Some of my colleagues were needed to work over the Break. They did get two days at Christmas (the Monday and the Tuesday), I'm not sure what they got for New Year's. Probably the same. As they had to work the bulk of the Break, and I did not, (also I took an extra three days off using PTO, for a total of two entire weeks off) I did not press them as to their schedule over the Holidays. They looked mad enough already without me piling on.
But that's all over and done with, so today (Monday) is a "normal" work day. I had to get up early (which I hate) and shuffle off to work with all of the other corporate drones.
Oh the joy of it!
(In case you weren't sure - Yes, that last bit was sarcasm.)
Just ran across this over at the Daily Timewaster. Well worth a minute of your time!