Shining Monday. I like it. All Monday's should be shiny.
In case you're wondering what the hell it means, it's part of a new Japanese initiative to make Monday's better for the workforce and improve work life balance. On the first Monday of every month, staff can have a lie in (or whatever they want to do with their morning) and don't have to get to work until after lunch.
I'm a BIG fan of this idea. I'm sure many people out there are all too well aware of the Sunday 'fear' - that pervasive dread of returning to work on Monday. Whilst this won't alleviate that, it just makes the whole process that bit more bearable. Once a month anyway.
And it goes hand in hand with Premium Friday (another Japanese concept I was completely unaware of but I'm LOVING the idea) where you can clock off early on the last Friday of the month as well - so the two concepts basically mean a nice long(ish) weekend every month.
What's not to like?
Could this work in practice in the UK? What do you think?
What is often dubbed as the worst day of the working week is becoming far more appealing in Japan, thanks to a new government provision. The Japanese government has been seeking ways to encourage companies to crack down on employees’ overtime and alleviate them from the confines of the office earlier than normal. This strategy is part of a wider plan to improve the work-life balance of the working population, in a bid to eliminate the unyielding persistence of ‘karoshi’ – more commonly known as death caused by overworking. So, the government has implemented a shiny new plan – dubbed ‘Shining Monday’.