National go home from work on time day

It’s striking that we have to declare a special National go Home on Time Day, and also striking (to me anyway) that I have only just found time to blog about it. My own chronic state of overcommitment is more of a personal choice than an imposition from above, but I have to take constant care not to expect a similar overcommitment from the members of my research team. On the whole, Australian bosses and managers are failing in that obligation, or don’t even recognise it. Anyway, knock-off time is coming up soon, so everyone, head for home, beach or pub as the fancy takes you.

34 thoughts on “National go home from work on time day

  1. When I was what was charmingly described as a ‘line manager’ I had to actively encourage some of my staff to take what was obviously badly needed time off for that individual on occasion.
    The usual reason for such reluctance was the inconvenience that taking some necesary time off would or could cause for colleagues.
    So I actively organized, with help from said colleagues, to ensure that we had procedures to fully cover any persons absence.
    Of course it was noticeable that person A was willing to do a bit extra for person B when B needed time off, and also B was willing to do a little extra for A similarly.

    But A, as an individual was still unwilling to cause inconvenience, extra temporary work load, when his/her need was involved, h/she whilst seeing the need for others to take time off occasionally and being willing to ‘cover’ for such was still unwilling to take advantage of the group ethos.
    Each of the dozen or so people, me included, thought it was a good idea but was still reluctant to be the person who took time off.
    We sorted it out eventually.
    Bloody work ethic!

    Did I describe that adequately?
    There has to be a jargon phrase which covers it.

  2. Actually come to think of it the extreme example was not in the slightest bit amusing and I blew my stack when I belatedly found out about.
    One of my colleagues, not in my ‘line’ of responsibility, explained her recent stretch of prolonged absence by telling me she had had surgery for cancer.
    She then told me she had delayed the surgery for some time because she was a vital cog in a major project that she was in the middle of when she was diagnosed.
    Our boss, in private consultation when she informed the boss of her situation, had asked her to delay the operation for some time, a couple of weeks I think, so the major project could be completed.
    And she had agreed.
    Duty, loyalty and all that.

  3. @fred
    Fred – only an economic rationalist could ask for such a delay. Only a bullied or intimidated employee would agree to such a delay.

  4. I would like to support my comrades in this truly grand and rather novel venture of going home on time! If I’d been able to do that several years ago, I wouldn’t now be coming up to the end of my 3rd year of LWOP. It is the business as a whole that sets the parameters for what is appropriate work behaviour and what isn’t, in so far as work intensity and work hours go. I can relate to the stuck on an “important” project, (important to whom? is the question to ask when your health is on the line) and being asked to delay leave for illness. Amazing story, that one, but all too credible.

    I’ll extend my afternoon tea at the coffee shop a to a bit later today, to show solidarity, comrades. Oh, blast! My careless use of words and now the jig is up – I’m obviously a footsoldier in the global AGW conspiracy to take over the world and to install a Communist Government; bwaahahaha!

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