Oman Eid Holidays are terrible
Eid Holiday in Oman is stupidly short, it feels more of a burden rather than a relief. long gone are the days when we were guaranteed a week off during Eid. The situation sucks and this needs to change. I am not sure about what is going on in the heads of decision makers but productivity is not equal to showing up at work
Holidays are important
Eids are special occasions and core to the Islamic practice. We are obligated to celebrate those occasions as each represents a pillar of the Islamic faith. Eids are also an opportunity for families to gather and for communities to get closer. The Council of Ministers has made a recent change to the policy that determines the duration of Eid Holidays. It stipulates that Eid holiday should be 3 days only even if it coincides with weekend days. the decision was taken to improve productivity and to decrease the negative impact of long holidays on the economy. However, this decision did not count that people get burned out and they actually need these holidays to refresh and focus on the essence of this holy occasions. Most of Omanis work inside Muscat yet majority are from interior regions. Thus, traveling to the interiors takes time and arrangement and usually, you will be faced with road traffic. Coming back to Muscat after holidays is even a bigger hassle as everyone is trying to reach early and prepare for the coming work day. Making holidays short will only increase the tension and reduce the likelihood that a holiday will produce the positive desirable effect.
Showing up at work does not mean productivity
Today is the first day after Eid holiday and I can see it clearly that everybody is tired and not feel like doing some real work. I am getting a similar vibe from the social media which can indicate that the whole country is in a similar mood. I talked to a number of my friends who took the rest of the week off and I feel that many people are doing the same. So it is a work day but not exactly a work day. It seems everything is pending until the next Sunday. This makes me wonder! Do decision makers know the value of holidays? I mean if they look from the economy point of view, a national holiday will positively drive the market and stimulate tourism in the country.
People are not machines
Decision makers in Oman need to understand this clearly. People are not machines and shorter holidays will not guarantee better productivity outcomes. The Council needs to treat people as people and disregarding the circumstances of people during Eid holidays will only result in dissatisfaction and ultimately worse outcomes. A similar thing can be said about enforcing the use of biometric scan to register the presence and absenteeism of staff. I strongly oppose this system because it promotes a culture where the most important thing is to show up at work without looking at other important performance indicators.
First world countries have done it!!
What makes me laugh is the fact that first world countries are generous when it comes to holidays. Christmas holidays extend over two weeks and through out eh year there are many public holidays. They have done it but it didn't impact their economy and their productivity. I am reffering to counties such as Germany, Finland, UK and Australlia which are much more developed yet they enjoy longer public holidays. I think our Council of Ministers needs to have a closer look and reassess the policy of deciding Eid holidays. Otherwise Eid holidays will remain more of a burden and less, less comfortable.