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Stolen holiday?

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goldengecko Tue 20-Dec-16 12:09:58

My office closes at lunchtime on Friday (Christmas Eve) meaning that everyone here will only be working a half day.

I've had Friday (and Thursday) booked off for some time now and it dawned on me yesterday that I'm essentially losing half a day's holiday as I've taken an entire day for what is only a half day of work.

The MD's defence (even though he himself won't be in that day) is that because it's not an "official closure" and just a "goodwill gesture" anyone wanting to take it off needs to take the whole day.

It's not the extra half day that I'm working that bothers me, I'm not THAT petty, it's more the principle. The fact that I turn up on time every day (unlike my colleagues) and always get things done (and on time), I would've hoped would've counted for something.

Instead I feel like I'm being punished for wanting to spend more time with my family over Christmas...


Sirzy Tue 20-Dec-16 12:12:30

Christmas Eve is only Saturday.

But yabu, it's just one of those things. Enjoy your time off and don't worry about it.

ILoveAGoodBrusselSprout Tue 20-Dec-16 12:13:20

YABU That's what happens in our organisation too. Pretty normal I'd say

Candlelight123 Tue 20-Dec-16 12:13:54

Yes I'm afraid YABU, this is standard practice in many work places including where I work now. If you want to benefit from the half day you need to cancel your days holiday and work the morning.

goldengecko Tue 20-Dec-16 12:14:28

Sorry, I got my days messed up - I meant Friday, the 23rd!

UrethaFranklin Tue 20-Dec-16 12:14:44

Its the same at our place, you can book the day off if you want to but if the rest of us are then allowed to go home early, you can't get your time back. Its the risk you take.

Plumpcious Tue 20-Dec-16 12:14:58

YANBU. We get a half day (also a goodwill gesture) and lots of people take the whole day off but just book it as half a day's leave. In fact if people book the whole day as leave before the half day is announced, they can amend their leave to take only half a day.

NapQueen Tue 20-Dec-16 12:15:07

Depends. You could have just "risked it" and waited to see what their plans were for Friday (and booked a half day after they announced their plans) or just be happy that you've got the time off guaranteed.

haveacupoftea Tue 20-Dec-16 12:15:19

Same in my work, they can't make exceptions just for one person.

Bringmewineandcake Tue 20-Dec-16 12:15:25

Dh had this one year. We sucked it up because he had the time off guaranteed a month in advance, versus waiting until Xmas week to find out if they'd get an early finish or not. Annoying but meh.

goldengecko Tue 20-Dec-16 12:15:29

I was only made aware of the early closure yesterday. I can't carry my holiday over to next year and today is my last day so can't do anything about it!

RusholmeRuffian Tue 20-Dec-16 12:16:53

YABU, this is standard practice at lots of companies.

MadHattersWineParty Tue 20-Dec-16 12:17:09

Christmas Eve is Saturday!

To be fair, most offices do an early close on the last day before Christmas, or try to. I don't think it's been 'stolen' from you, you booked it off in advance and you don't have to come in at all, I'd leave it at that.

BarbaraofSeville Tue 20-Dec-16 12:17:22

It's quite normal and a bit petty to moan about it to be honest.

If you want the whole day off, take a whole day, otherwise cancel the day's leave and go to work in the morning if you prefer to benefit from a 'free' half day instead.

Wombatron Tue 20-Dec-16 12:20:37

If you book the whole day off you're guaranteed it off. The half day thing is probably unofficial and isn't confirmed until the last minute. It always happened in my firm, but we weren't to take it for granted.

I've always booked the whole day off because I like time to prepare. I've always missed out on the 'free' half day because a)their half day was 2pm and i started at 8.30 - that's not a half day for me and b) if someone put a meeting in for 2pm then I would have to stay for that.

Learn from it and know that if you don't need the whole day, don't book it next year.

Ahickiefromkinickie Tue 20-Dec-16 12:21:16

Too late for this year but lesson learned for next year!

They can't make an exception for you as that would be unfair on others.

Just make sure you're not going above and beyond for your company (working late every etc)

Glastonbury Tue 20-Dec-16 12:21:55

My husband finishes at lunchtime every Friday. If they want the day off they need to take a whole days holiday. It's just the way it works.

Reality16 Tue 20-Dec-16 12:22:25

It's half a day, not something I would even give a second thought tbh

witsender Tue 20-Dec-16 12:22:51

If you can't carry it over what are you expecting to do with it anyway?

goldengecko Tue 20-Dec-16 12:23:56

Fair enough, seems I am being unreasonable!

Lesson learned for next year!

Hellmouth Tue 20-Dec-16 12:23:56

That's pretty standard practice to be honest. Your MD is right. At least you don't need to be in for the half day

user1477282676 Tue 20-Dec-16 12:24:37

This is like taking a day off and then moaning the others got cake whilst you weren't in.

VeryBitchyRestingFace Tue 20-Dec-16 12:25:25

Have you only started working there recently, OP?

MyBonnieLiesOverTheOcean Tue 20-Dec-16 12:27:02

This is totally normal anywhere I've worked.

We usually get a message on the last working day telling us we can go home after about 1pm if it's OK with our manager. It never benefits me as much as my colleagues though as I only work til 2pm!

Tis tough luck.

PberryT Tue 20-Dec-16 12:27:19


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