Announcing: Global Hooky Day, August 2, 2010 | HR Fishbowl

Written on May 25, 2010 by Charlie in Appreciation, Global hooky-1911803

At the rate my current job search is going, I’ll probably have more days away from the office this summer than I care for. In my fond recollection of my employed years, however, it seems to me that right about the first of August a real funk sets in.  There hasn’t been a paid holiday since the beginning of July (U.S. Independence Day) and there won’t be another until early September (U.S. Labor Day).  None of this applies in Canada – statutory holidays seem to crop up every other week up there.  I started my long career in playing hooky back in Junior High.  And the first time I tried it, I got caught in a McDonald’s as my buddy’s mother coincidentally walked in for lunch.  She promptly escorted us back to school.  At any rate, there’s nothing more exhilarating than being someplace that you probably shouldn’t be, getting a little well-deserved R&R, and “stickin’ it to the man” all at the same time.  According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), South Korean employees put the most hours in at work – 2,390 annually.  The Dutch, on the other hand, squeeze out a paltry 1,309 hours annually.  And we American knuckle draggers are in middle grinding around 1,800 hours a year. If you take sleep out of the mix, South Koreans work pretty much 40% of the time.  I’m sorry, but that’s just insane.

I’m not proposing a 4 day work week (would be great, but it won’t happen in my country any time soon) and I’m not proposing we all head toward organized labor.  I just think we should send a unified message by not showing up one day. Call in sick, say your uncle died, suddenly have car problems, suggest your Mom’s been incarcerated.  The more outrageous the excuse, the better.  But take a day to do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do…preferably something involving friends, family, and fun. And don’t schedule this day…it has to be a last minute notification to your employer (the “stickin’ it to the man” component is crucial). If suddenly no one shows up at work, it will remind those you work for how really damn important you are. And one more rule: No mobile devices, Email, Twitter, or other means of communicating with your workplace is allowed.

So here’s the deal: help me promote this! I’ll work it on this end and you work it on yours.  Spread the word, tell any one and every one about it.  Keep your eyes and ears on the airwaves for more underground publicity.  And pencil it into your calendars (pssssst….not one that your admin assistant can see).  August 2, 2010, Global Hooky Day!

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