23. December 2015 08:40
There comes the day as an adult where your birthday is just not as important as it once was. Yes, you might get some phone calls, a few cards, and maybe some presents, but typically it is just another day. Other than your milestone birthdays it really isn’t that big of a deal. As adults we accept that and move on.
Two years ago my company, Thogus, created the policy where you get your birthday off, and if your birthday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, you get to take a Friday or Monday off. My birthday is in early December and the first year this went into effect, it fell on a Tuesday. Initially, I kind of scoffed at the idea. ‘Who cares?,’ I thought. It’s just a day. No big deal. Then that Tuesday rolled around and I honestly had one of the best birthdays ever. No exaggeration, no hyperbole. It was AWESOME.
To preface, I am a married mother of two toddlers so my free time never really feels like free time. I am always on the go. I am not whining or complaining, it is just the way it is. When that Tuesday rolled around I started my day by not waking up to my alarm. On a Tuesday. AMAZING. My husband took the kiddos to the sitter and I sat in my quiet house with a grin on my face. I decided I would head off to the local mall to do some shopping. Not worrying about crowds on a Tuesday I took my time and leisurely strolled from store to store. I enjoyed something I so rarely had, time.
This year’s birthday rolled around and I greeted it with glee. Again to have a day to myself to do what I want, when I want, is the greatest gift I can be given. I would never use a vacation day on my birthday; It just seems wasteful. This requires me to not be at work on my birthday and I love it! I would encourage most companies out there to create a policy like this. It may seem small or insignificant, but it means so much to me because what I am getting is time and freedom and for that I am grateful.