Is football more important than work?
Is it just me or does the idea of staff disappearing from work to watch football matches appal other readers too?
It sounds harsh perhaps, but the average accountant gets paid a ridiculous amount of money for doing what is admittedly a very valuable job. Compared doctors and nurses, though, we contribute relatively little to the good of society.
The average employment contract makes us work from 9 to 5 (adjust as necessary) while typically many will do more.
You and I know that there are occasions when this doesn’t work out as planned. If somebody works through the night one day, you might expect them to turn up late the next. We all know that those lunches celebrating somebody’s birthday or Christmas might also expand beyond the legally contracted hour-long lunch break.
That being said, I can’t believe that firms are being forced to come up with a “football” policy so that people can watch games when they should be working. They might strike occasionally, but you can’t imagine a doctor or nurse ducking out of an operation for a couple of hours to see if the boys can qualify for the knock-outs.
This might sound curmudgeonly but there is a deeper moral issue here. As you might have guessed, I don’t care much for football. But I do like other sports, as well as enjoying cultural activities. I don’t have the opportunity to enjoy daytime TV either.
Would it be unreasonable for me to request/demand that my firm creates a policy allowing me to watch Countdown (if it still exists) two or three times a week this summer?
Alternatively, perhaps they could set up a 65 inch TV screen with the Test Match playing for those that fancy some time out?
What happened to our good old Protestant work ethic? Surely the raison d’être of any self-respecting accountant is to service their clients and make their practice’s offering better than that of the opposition.
If that is the case, then it is time to ban football during office hours, except for those who want to take holidays.
You will already have guessed that if anybody fraudulently takes sick leave or attends the office drunk on my watch, rather than swapping anecdotes about Rooney or Rashford and that great winner, I will be giving them an opportunity to watch the rest of the competition without the tedious impediment of having to work.