This was taken from “al Jarida” – yesterday’s issue. And it simply says (for non-Arabs): 5,000 government employees did not show up for work starting yesterday (Sunday 21/2/2010).
Now the benefits of ditching work are very obvious, most of you know them, but let me share my thoughts with you. First of all, you get to sleep as much as you wish, no more showing up late to work (in their case). In addition, the work-flow at the respective government becomes efficient, as there are no people to obstruct the circulation of documents. Above all, you get a paid-leave; but wait they didn’t apply for a leave, they just ditched work and they are getting paid for doing so.
Another thing worth mentioning before shifting to the disadvantages, is that the report on the newspaper stated that many students also went missing from school, which had forced a couple of public and private schools to postpone midterms until the break is over.
So there are two major disadvantages for not ditching work. One is that you obviously have to crawl out of bed before the sun is out to drop off the kids to school and head to work. Another is that ordinary people (like you the reader) will suffer from avoidable traffic at governments and will have a hard time finding parking spaces all over Kuwait in the morning; not to mention that if you have work to be done at a governmental institute, it will take you hours and days of continuous Bureaucracy - all because people who are supposed to ditch work didn’t.
So well done guys. Ditching one day to add it with your long weekend isn’t enough; taking the whole week off without applying for a leave is the perfect thing to do.
On a lighter note (as suspic says), The Civil Service Commission (Bureau), has warned that it will be checking with airport and borders officials all the names of missing employees. In case any suspect appears to be traveling , then they will get slap on their bottoms. In addition, physicians who appear to have signed fake sick leaves, will be fined and even fired if they get busted.
We’ll see if that happens!
Just wanted to get it out of my system!