Saturday, May 09, 2009

Working Saturday

Thanks to the elections in this part of the country on 7th May, where the company had to declare a forced holiday, I am working today. Ever since we came to know that we will be working on Saturday, my mind is switched off. I agree that its an additional holiday but yes, we can make up with the lost time. Why do we have to work on Saturday - the day when I am supposed to be relaxing at home, watching TV, surfing net, reading a book, sipping a cool drink and sleeping... But the fact is that I am sitting in office, working. The day was made a compulsory working day for everyone. So while I am slogging here, my manager has comfortably decided not to come.. The bliss of being a manager and having the option of not working!!

I remember how I worked on every Saturday for almost 3-4 months some 4-1/2 years back, without taking any comp-offs.. Those days I used to be alone sitting in the whole office working. Just because I was the only one who knew about that process and it was a critical one with high revenues at stake.. But today, why are we sitting in office. We could have been given an extra day off and yes, we would have made up for the lost time by working extra hours on the rest of the weekdays (in any case we do)...

I even confirmed if we can work on 7th and take Saturday off. My point was we dont need the whole day to vote.. But it was made clear that we cannot come to office on 7th.. So if we dont work on Saturday, the day would be marked as leave. And obviously we do not want to lose a day's leave just like that, considering that every day of leave counts here.. So just to make myself happy on this Saturday, I went downstairs and had an ice-cream.. I am feeling better and looking at the clock every now and then.. waiting for the day to end...

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