Nobody focused on work, everybody watching the clock, many stressing about impending travel mayhem. The day before Thanksgiving in the US. And weather has a way of wreaking havoc.
My employer officially sets office closures at noon as part of the annual corporate calendar. That is pretty good, it gives a chance to get out in the afternoon, critical for connecting flights. Commuting to the office for an unproductive 3 or 4 hours is tedious, though.
My wife’s employer waits until the day and then the executives think employees will be thrilled when a mid-morning email goes out allowing departure at 3 pm. That is about as good as nothing.
Closing all-day Wednesday would mean that Tuesday would be the new Wednesday.
One client of mine just closes all week, which I love. When I lived in China, the opportunity to have week-long holidays with offices closed, even at the cost of weekend make-up days in China’s odd system, was so much more refreshing than taking a regular week off when emails keep flowing in. Not all businesses practically or financially can do this.
So, what’s an employer to do?