(you HAVE to sing the title of this post in a Madonaesque voice, do it again, go on, do it in a loud voice so everyone can hear you in the office!)
A reader sent me an email asking for the upcoming holidays for the private sector a few moments ago and although I am not an official information service, the question prompted me to dig a bit. I fortunately remembered that one of my Bahrain Young Businessmen Committee’s colleagues at the Chamber of Commerce (thanks bu Abdulla!) already did just that in listing the forthcoming holidays from now until the end of January 2007; I guess to show the number of days off we will suffer as business owners, and for private and public sectors workers to look forward to and enjoy!
Here’s the list:[TABLE=6]
Count them. We will have half a month’s holiday in just 5 weeks, how good is that? I am sure you will be even more surprised if you thought of the holidays in this context – especially if you are a business owner – over the full year, add to that the productivity lost in Ramadhan for instance, and it is a wonder really that we are still in business!
Why couldn’t we just adopt the “Bank holiday Monday” principal and just have two or three long weekends in the year, and a good 3 or 4 days for the “big” Eid and be done with it? The long weekends for us would be a day off on Sunday regardless of when the occasion falls, and as far as Eid is concerned, well, we can’t control that, but in any case, the government should most definitely stop this “compensation” business. If a holiday falls on a weekend or coincides with another holiday, why should we have to pay for it?
Long holidays are pretty boring anyway, so we – business owners – are doing our employees a huge favour by allowing them to come to work and exercise their brains and talents rather than laze around all day at home picking their noses or suffering hang-overs!
Happy holidays! 😀
Update 14 Dec @ 0741: corrected the Ashura holidays entry, thanks to Yonis for spotting the error.