Tomorrow is Friday again. I hate Friday. Not in general, only at work. I am a paralegal whose chief responsibility is the firm docket (calendar) for an eleven attorney toxic tort law firm. I'm also responsible for processing and routing anything that comes into the firm of an urgent nature. For some reason, law firms decide to jack with each other on Friday afternoons, preferably after 3:30 p.m. This turns me into a running, typing, e-mailing, raving maniac. My entire motivation for Friday is to work my ass off so I don't have to go in on Saturday. Horrors!
What I don't understand is, WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE WORKING ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON? Shouldn't they be playing golf or drinking margaritas or cheating on their spouses? Where is their non-work ethic?
Here is my proposal. All law firms (and this may work for other businesses as well) should practice "Friday Isolationism." This would involve no bosses, no sending or receiving outside e-mails, no outside phone calls, no deliveries and, most importantly, no sending or receiving faxes on Friday afternoons. I realize that this will have a negative impact on Monday but Monday sucks anyway so, what the hell? Plus, you have the whole week to recover and regroup from a bad Monday.
I'm sure all the bosses out there are thinking that while they're away, these cats will play. That's not (entirely) true. Can you imagine how much work could get done with no outside interruptions that one afternoon of the week?
So, bosses, on Friday afternoon give yourself a break. Go home. Go to Hooters. Go anywhere. Just go. And, if your staff can't keep their fingers off the fax button, take them with you.