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Funny working hours stories


The Trades Union Congress will be celebrating Work Your Proper Hours Day this Friday, 24 February.

We'd like to hear your funny stories about the work/life balance, the longest day you've worked and any other amusing tales about working hours.

Simply post your comments below.


Sarah Fletcher, TrainingZONE journalist

2 Responses

  1. “petty” officers?
    When I was working for a management consultancy a colleague was working in a Naval Base and finished for the day at around 6.15pm.

    She made her way through the darkened building to the car park and drove to the gate.

    There she was promptly arrested by the guard since she was in possession of a “pink” visitors pass which meant that she should be escorted by her host at all times…her host had gone home at the end of the civil servant’s day at 4.30pm!

    My colleague was put into a cell whilst the guard commander dragged the MoD staffer back in from home to sign out her “guest”.

    No one was amused but some important lessons were learned that evening.

  2. Beware ‘flexi hours’
    Funny how civil servants crop up in stories like this.

    When I was an RAF officer working at the Personnel and Training HQ, we had several civil servant colleagues, some of whom worked flexi hours. Core time was something like 08:30 to 4:30, so most people started at 08:30. One chap always left an hour early because he allegedly started an hour early as well.

    One day I came in at about 07:45 to prepare for an important meeting, and this chap was sitting at his desk reading his newspaper. At 08:30, just before everyone else arrived, he put it away and started work. It turned out that he always did that. So he stole a whole hour a day, every day. As a taxpayer as well as an RAF officer I wasn’t too pleased.


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