Friday, February 13, 2009

Odd Holidays

I need a job where I get all of these crazy holidays off. President's Day, Martin Luther King, Columbus Day. The only perk I get is if the holiday falls in front of a payday, I get money in the bank earlier than normal. Which could happen tonight.

At work, we have the standard 6 holidays per year. I usually work some of those to get extra money. I never really thought about it, but I bet I only take off half of those holidays. I usually work New Year's, 1 or 2 of the 3 summer holidays, and either Thanksgiving or Christmas. I have two weeks of vacation plus two floating holidays so I get at least 12 days off during the year plus weekends. Wow, that's depressing. But next year, I'll get another week of vacation because of my 5 years at the station. That's something to look forward to.

It's not that I don't want to take the holidays off, especially when Pmo is off for all of them. But it's not really up to me. Because I'm in news, it's up to my bosses and my bank account. When the decision is left up to me, it's difficult because it's such an easy way to bank some cash without actually working overtime. But I like time off, too. However, I'm grateful for the options I have if I do have to work a holiday: take an extra 8 hours pay or take a different day off.

So I may not get to enjoy these odd holidays, but at least I have a job. I have a career. I have insurance. I can still get overtime. So I don't have Monday off, so what? What else was I going to do? How do you celebrate President's Day anyway?


Anonymous said...

I also celebrate President's Day by working as normal! Woo hoo for sucky employers!

(PS As HR Manager I have tried my damnedest to get more holidays for us, especially since our Israeli corporate office has TWENTY SEVEN, you heard that right, 27 yearly holidays. But to no avail. The Americans only need 8.)

sj said...

we don't get it off. nor do we get MLK or any other odd holiday off. we have to be ready and available to potential students because THEY have off.