Brace yourself for Manic Monday when everyone wants a fresh start - Times Online
So that was Christmas, then, and today is Manic Monday – the day of dread reckoning when we count the terrible toll the festive season has taken on our wallets and our lives, and perhaps do something about it.
As humdrum reality returns, we will be shuffling off the last fortnight’s lethargy in a big way, taking our life in our hands and giving it a good shake. It’s the day for grasping the nettle of a failed marriage, booking a holiday or starting the search for a new job.
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It’s said that up to 200,000 people can expect to go down with novovirus, the winter vomiting bug, this week, and we are being cautioned to keep away from our doctors’ surgeries, wash our hands compulsively and — this is the best bit — avoid going back to work until 48 hours after the last symptoms have finished.
Yes, you heard that right. No return to work for 48 hours after the last symptoms have finished. Nothing less than an astonishing two-day holiday, when you are feeling fine, authorised by the Government. A glorious, officially sanctioned, windfall that will more than make up for the mewling and puking of the preceding three days. You can tell these people work for a quango.
In the public sector, where absenteeism is endemic, there is an an implicit understanding that one is entitled to at least two weeks off every winter, regardless of any actual illness. Local authority flu, it’s commonly called.
But for the rest of us, this is fantasy stuff. Forty-eight hours off! In the private sector, for years now, workers have abided by a 48-hour rule, all right, but with the opposite application, taking ourselves back to work well before we were fully recovered. Our reputations, our careers, our shareholders and our bonuses depend on it.