At noon every Saturday, a collective yawn spreads across our office. Till yesterday (we don’t remember the exact time though), we thought it was a natural show of unity — after all not many offices remain open 363 days a year. But on Monday morning, all our ideas about natural cooperation were put to rest. A study conducted by Premier Inn, a budget hotel chain in Britain, has found out that an average adult doesn’t fully unwind from the stresses of the week until 12.38 pm on Saturdays and the office bug hits her back with venom at 3.55 pm on Sundays. She tends to think about meetings, presentations etc. So in total, people unlike us get 27 hours and 17 minutes of rest for their week. We journalists, of course, get much less.
But the study, however, is making us feel good and energetic. What is the point of a 48-hour leave if at the end you get only a day and two hours of real leisure? We are better off that way, at least: out of our sacred 24 hours, we get a generous 15 hours. So if you go by percentage figures based on the study, we are all more or less in the same boat, isn’t it? But the modalities of how the researchers got to that superfine number of 12.38 is still a mystery. But clearly, as the Premier Inn spokesman says, our work-life balance is increasingly hard to manage.
But thank your stars that we come back to our sprightly selves every Monday morning to write such thought-provoking gems for our readers. However, this is really a good tool. Next time the boss asks for something post 12.38 and we want to buy time, we know what to tell him: the brain has switched off for the weekend. The repercussions, however, could just be a rude wake-up call.