I work in a lot of European projects. This means that we often have weekly teleconferences across several countries which are often scuppered by a partner or partners being on holiday because of a national holiday. In the UK, all our public holidays are put on Mondays (with some Fridays) so that you don’t get the country shutting down in the middle of the week. In other countries the public holidays (e.g. saints’ days) just land on the same date every year with two results:
- Sometimes they land on a weekend so most people don’t actually get a holiday.
- When they land on a Tuesday or a Thursday lots of people take off the Monday or Friday as well to make a really long weekend and you lose almost half a week.