The Country Gets Back Up To Speed

One of the problems of the festive period is just how much a Freighter at sea the working population is. About two weeks before Christmas, every office across the land starts to put the brakes on and slow down so ‘no work is left over Christmas.’ That’s not to mention all the office parties that go on as well.

So you get the Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day. And then you have this fallow period where some companies just stop completely, because there’s little point working for three days. Or the other horrible option – companies working with a skeleton staff at a limited capacity.

And then it happens all over again at Hogmanay and New Year, people call in sick because they partied too hard, and suddenly it’s the weekend and we all stop again.

Monday comes round, people realise coffee isn’t enough to get them through a regular speed day at work, and it takes a few days for the country to get back up to operating speed and back under sail. All told the UK economy has lost about three weeks of productivity. Can we afford that in a recession?

3 Responses to “The Country Gets Back Up To Speed”

  1. Gustaf Erikson says:

    Don’t forget a lot of consumption goes on over the holidays, food, drinks etc. Not to mention the real holiness: the shopping season! Sure it’s good to produce stuff in some way but in a modern economy like the UK leisure counts a lot towards production too.

    There’s something about this current economic climate that brings out visions of the 30s, and not just for the Depression parallels. It’s also how some people naively think the economy is about making stuff. For the Western world, that’s not really true anymore.

  2. Ewan Spence says:

    That’s a fair point - we need to spend as well as manufacture this time around. Perhaps we need a three or four day week instead. Didn’t Labour have that in the 70s as well?

  3. Moof says:

    Ah, and let’s not forget the wonder that is Spain. Boxing day is a holiday in about a third fo the country. 7 days after Christmas it’s New Year’s Day (after only working a half day on NYE) and on the 6th of January it’s Epiphany, another national holiday.

    Add to that the fact that everybody took the 6th and 8th of December off as National holidays, and most people take the 7th, to, to make good use of it…

    Spanish workers are entitled, by law, to 30 days’ vacation, plus 10 national holidays, 2 regional and 2 local. A lot of it is taken in this festive period….