22 December 2006
Fascinating festive fact #22: The least productive day of the year is the last day of work before Christmas
Between the hangover from the party the night before (or the one from the night before that, or indeed, from any of the preceeding nights of gregarious wassailing) and the fact that nobody's really in the mood because you know that as of about 4pm you'll be gloriously released into Christmasness for days and days of overeating and consumerism and crap telly (so there's not really any point starting that report or organising that meeting, is there?) the day before the Christmas holiday begins is overwhelmingly underproductive.
Really, it's a wonder the economy doesn't fall apart.
Things that it's OK to do on the last day in work before Christmas:
- Bring in mistletoe and peck colleagues on the cheek
- Bring in mince pies / christmas cookies
- Come in dressed more casually than usual
- Have extended tea- and lunchbreaks
- Adorn yourself or your monitor with tinsel
- Spend the day writing email to your friends and chatting via IM
- Bring in cards for your colleagues
- Tell everyone you're looking forward to seeing them in the new year
- Nick off around 4pm to go to the pub/home/shopping
Things that it's NOT OK to do on the last day in work before Christmas:
- Full-on snog your colleagues, with or without mistletoe
- Bring in a turkey dinner with all the trimmings
- Come in dressed in your PJs
- Make your tea-and lunchbreaks so extended that you don't even get as far as turning your computer on
- Adorn yourself with strategically-placed tinsel
- Spend the day yakking to your friends on the phone. Loudly. About what you did at the party the night before.
- Bring in extravagent gifts for your colleagues - fur stoles, diamonds, etc
- Tell everyone they're being let go and so don't need to come back in the new year
- Come in around 4pm from the pub/home/shopping and wonder where everyone's gone.
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