The place I work closes at the end of business tomorrow for the Christmas break and we don’t re-open until January. One of the perks of working in higher education is that once the students have gone home for the holiday, the entire place shuts down because it’s not worth bringing in the cleaners, security staff and whatnot for the people who might want to come in over the break. Much simpler to just shut down and give us all the time off.
The reality is that the students left on 11th December and a good number of academic staff followed very soon afterwards. A lot of our staff are from France, Spain, Portugual and Germany so they take the chance to go home for a long break with their families and friends. That leaves us now with four people in the office instead of the usual twelve. It’s very quiet, there’s very little for us to do so I’m having a quiet couple of days getting paid to sit here, read the Dope, drink tea and polish up my expression of interest statement for an assistant team manager secondment. Happy days!
What’s it like where you are? Frantic rush to Christmas or a lazy amble towards Turkey Day?