Once More For The Moronic Schedule

I don’t want to keep on about it, but I am still fuming about the ridiculous holiday schedule, being forced to take the last 3 days off and then having to work 8 days straight from tomorrow. So here’s another article that highlights how bafflingly stupid this year’s schedule is:

In a bizarre bureaucratic beginning to 2013, Chinese office workers will be taking off several days at the start of the year and then paying for it by spending the weekend at their desks.

Happy bloody new year!

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11 Responses to Once More For The Moronic Schedule

  1. CP says:

    Someone needs to start a parallel “I Hate China” blog!

  2. WoAi says:

    I’ve come across an LA Times article on this topic which is quite entertaining, especially the last sentence regarding the 2010 October holiday arrangement that was so complicated, people invented a song to help them remember when they were supposed to go to work:

    “One off, three on, three off, six on, seven off, two on and one off.”

  3. CP says:

    It’s now the 6th day of 2013 – I think – and I’m already completely lost as to which day of the week it is or whether I need to go in to work when I wake up each day.

  4. Lil Bro says:

    Does anyone know who decides this schedule? I’m guessing its not a job earned by merit but rather a job given to the half wit nephew of someone in charge. I wouldn’t be surprised if the person responsible doesn’t actually work according to his or her own holiday schedule.

  5. CP says:

    @Lil Bro: I think the process of selecting that person was optimised through the passage of time based on the following historic encounter (long-time readers of blogs in China may recognise this, apologies to Will if he’s still around):

    I’ve decided that there has to be something social or biological at work here. For most of China’s recorded history, I can only presume that some kind of selective pressure slowly weeded out service personnel with initiative, possibly because they might rebel against the emperor. I envision the following scene as a magistrate enters a Song dynasty teahouse:

    Magistrate: “You there, proprietor, stable my horse. And bring me a pot of your finest.”
    Proprietor: “I’m sorry, we have no facility for horses here.”
    Magistrate (stroking beard): “I see…”
    Proprietor: “But, I’ll tell you what. There’s a stable up the street. I can have my assistant run your horse up, get him looked after, and then bring him back when you are done.”
    Magistrate: “That’s an awful lot of initiative for an innkeep. A man such as yourself might rise to threaten the established order of the empire. Flunkies, drag this man out and put him in the dog-headed guillotine! Better take the rest of his seditious, initiative-ridden family, too.”
    Magistrate (to assistant): “You, boy! Stable my horse.”
    Assistant: “We have no stable sir.”
    Magistrate: “Is there one nearby?”
    Assistant: “I have no idea.”
    Magistrate (nodding slowly). “Very good. You’ll go far.”

    Repeat for centuries. Any historical inaccuracies (or accuracies) are beside the point.

  6. Lil Bro says:

    @CP – ahhhh. And evolution has helped this process along. I’m beginning to understand.

  7. WoAi says:

    @CP – Joking aside that little story of yours is chillingly similar to how the Khmer Rouge operated, executing anyone thought to be intellectual including anyone who had an education and people who wore glasses because it suggested they were literate. I remember Ricky Gervais making a typically poor taste joke about why didn’t people with glasses just take them off!

    And can you remind me where that excellent little skit you quoted came from? I’ve read if before but can’t remember where!

  8. CP says:

    @WoAi – it was a comment on the long-lost-but-much-lamented TalkTalkChina site. When I searched online for the quote, I discovered it had already been re-posted on your blog (by… er… me) back in 2007! Here’s the link:

    http://blog.friday-nite.com/?p=41

  9. WoAi says:

    @CP – Wow, that was almost 6 years ago! Back then I still used the long form of my name, Woaizhongguo!

  10. T. says:

    Eh, the dumb schedule is not for us white collar folks – but for those that work in factories and need all of the time together to get back home – one day off doesn’t do them any good.

  11. WoAi says:

    @T – 3 days doesn’t do them any good either. A lot of them need the best part of a day to get home, often travelling for more than 10 hours on a bus or train or train and bus. So for many, lunar new year is the only time they go home.

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