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A fond farewell to the day off (1337 – 2018)

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Robert Lentz

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in Career Management,Workplace Communication

Leaders across the country mourned the official death of the day off this week, as workers supposedly relaxing at home or on vacation continued to fill each other’s inboxes with new emails, answer texts from co-workers “just out of courtesy,” or take “five quick minutes, just five” to touch up a spreadsheet due the following week. Not one wired American laborer, it is believed, can truly stop working anymore for 24 consecutive hours and just enjoy time away from the job without feeling they’re falling behind somehow.

No one is quite sure exactly when the first recorded “pure” day off was, but it is believed to have occurred sometime around 1337, when a farmer in Constantinople used the start of the Hundred Years' War as an excuse to just chill out one Tuesday and kick back in a chair with a good scroll. For centuries the day off was a thing of genuine pleasure, a much-needed escape from the pressures of the ...(register to read more)

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