In today’s connected world, do bank holidays still exist for accountants?
Not so long ago, we worked or we rested. Monday to Friday, from 9 to 5 (and well beyond) accountants would sit in offices or visit clients, earning good money.
However, Saturdays and Sundays were usually sacrosanct, although workaholics would have a nasty habit of bringing files home over the weekend. Similarly, bank holidays extended to cover most office workers in addition to those fortunate enough to clerk in banks.
Any accountant with sense would ensure that clients had their office phone number (but probably not a direct line to anyone but their secretary), the fax number and nothing more.
The communication revolution has brought many benefits, such as movies and games on demand, the opportunity to watch sports from around the world 24/7 and get the supermarket to deliver the groceries at a convenient time, without the need to leave your couch.
On the downside, mobile telephones (whether smart or otherwise) combined with emails and now all kinds of social media tools have turned the accountant’s head into an office, with physical boundaries no longer required.
I fear that the direct consequence will be felt over the August bank holiday weekend. Many of us who in the past would have spent time with the family, unconcerned about issues relating to our clients or businesses will now be constantly hassled by colleagues, clients and quite possibly those trying to sell us things over the next few days.
Sadly, it now seems unlikely that the tide could be turned even if anyone was brave enough to rebel against this trend.
However, here is a challenge. It would cheer me up immensely if any reader was able to state truthfully that they really will be downing tools on Friday (or before) and not picking them up again until Tuesday (or after).