I read recently that a fashion is sweeping UK companies, to allow employees Friday afternoons off in summer (they make the time up doing longer days the rest of the week). It got me thinking…
A friend works in a medium sized company in the City. She says that, in her company, it is accepted that there is a different feel to Fridays. People who are part time don’t work, there are few meetings, and lots of full timers catch up on stuff generated during the week, perhaps working at home.
Another friend recently organised a policy seminar… on a Friday, on the grounds that people are more likely to attend something involving interesting food for thought rather than progress to the next deadline on a Friday. One of the attendees, a former government minister, left early… because she had had enough? No, because she was picking up her children from school.
I go to a pilates class on Friday mornings, along with many local friends in Harringay, my home district of north London. The instructor is taking a break to have a baby. She tried to find an interim replacement, but she couldn’t. All the instructors she knew are chock-a-block booked up on Fridays. This is must be because many people (who are not pilates instructors) are not at work and can go to pilates classes.
Perhaps the shorter working week is closer than I thought.