She said in a whispered hush ‘Do Americans really only get two weeks holiday?’
Posted on January 5, 2011 by yankeebean
That’s the question I was asked this holiday season.
When she asked, the boisterous chatting around the full table stopped and everyone turned to look at me.
I thought I could hear a cricket chirping in the distance….
A tumble weed made up of Twiglets and Quality Street wrappers rolled by…
I paused (you’ve got to revel in these moments. Information is power yada yada…)
‘Yup’, I said, ‘Two weeks is standard in the States.’
Everyone started talking at once, outraged on my behalf even though I don’t live there any more . People were genuinely flabbergasted… Everyone threw in their opinions on why that’s rubbish and that 4 weeks holiday is only JUST enough to feel rested in a year.
Then I threw in the information about the major lack of bank holidays and that REALLY got ‘em going…
All the standard follow-up questions were close behind, but I’m not sure I had all the right answers – maybe you guys can help?
The primary questions were:
- Is it possible to earn more holiday (To which I answered ‘yes)
- How? (To which I said, by working somewhere for a long time or some higher positions come ‘built in’ with more holiday as a perk)
- How long do you have to work somewhere to earn more holiday (To which I said, ‘I have no idea’)
The truth is, my work in the USA was mostly small-time retail jobs so I was able to have time off whenever. Now I’m self employed, so as long as it doesn’t put me out of business, I can have time off whenevs. I know some of your gorgeous ladies are Brits that have moved to the States – how do you cope?? I have a table full of friends that are dying to know…