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January 06, 2007

Land of the skive

Skive image from the Guardian newspaper

I have several dear friends in England (Hi Jeremy! Hi Hattie! Hi James! Hi Mike!) and this weekend my heart goes out to them and their fellow countrymen. For this is the final weekend of the Great British Skive...a growing phenomenon in the UK where workers don't just take off the week between Christmas and New Year's (a trend that's been growing there for about a decade) but have also increasingly decided to (in the words of an article in the Guardian Newspaper) "give a chunk of January a miss too".

All during the past week in the UK there's been lots and lots of people taking some extra vacation time (British workers typically get four weeks of vacation a year, not the paltry two weeks that's normal in the U.S.), and a 30% increase in employees calling in "sick".

Some business leaders see the Great British Skive as dangerous to the nation's economy. Me, I think it's a sign of a more civilized society.

(Thanks once again to Russell Davies).


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at January 6, 2007 06:29 PM