Employees Enjoy Working While on a Holiday

September 6, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. thing of the past (idiom) [thing] [uhv] [thuh] [past] – something which does not happen or exist anymore at the present time
Example: The use of typewriters in offices is already a thing of the past.

2. proliferation (n.) [pruh-lif-uh-rey-shuhn] – a fast increase in number (of something)
Example: The proliferation of ESL and EFL companies in Asia provides opportunities for employment.
3. coin (v.) [koin] – to create or invent (especially common phrases, ideas, or words)
Example:  Coining words can either be made by creating new words or combining different words to form a new one.

4. shift (n.) [shift] – a movement (of somebody or something) from one position to another
Example: People often get colds and fever because of abrupt shifts in weather conditions.

5. stimulation (n.) [stim-yuh-ley-shuhn] – the process of encouraging or bringing about something such as an activity   
Example: An early morning jog is good physical stimulation as it promotes the proper circulation of blood in the body.

Read the text below.

Having fixed holidays may already be a thing of the past for professionals who do not follow specific working time.

According to Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times, the proliferation of smartphones, laptops, and the mobile Internet has changed the way workers spend holidays. With these technologies, people can do their work even if they are miles away from their offices.

To describe the practice, she coined the term “worliday”, combining the words work and holiday, which basically means a bit like work and a bit like holiday. Kellaway believes ‘worliday’ is a better way to spend holiday breaks.

During the pre-Internet days, workers would often rush to finish their office tasks before taking breaks, so upon arriving at holiday destinations, they still think of work concerns. Unfortunately, by the time they start enjoying themselves, their holiday is over.
Many people consider ‘worlidays’ psychologically unhealthy because employees must be able to totally relax and find time to be with their families during breaks. However, Kellaway believes that the human body does not respond well to a sudden shift from work to holiday. Intellectual stimulation rather than relaxing around keeps both the mind and body in good condition, she added.

Kellaway proposes that people on ‘worliday’ should be allowed to take time off more often since they continue working even on official holidays. But this system may not work for people with fixed hours of work because their holidays should be fixed too.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

·         What do you usually do on holidays?
·         What do you think about ‘worlidays’?

Discussion B

·         Which do you think is better, fixed holidays or flexible holidays?
·         If your company gives you an option, which would you choose?

September 6, 2011