LONDON: A couple of Friday afternoons ago, a colleague in London received an out-of-office message from a man saying he was unavailable because he was working winter hours today.
Anyone needing him urgently could call a mobile phone number included in the note, which ended: I will reply to your email on Monday. Have a good weekend.
My colleague, like me, was nonplussed. What on earth were winter hours? I made inquiries.
It turned out the man worked for a global company which decided that staff who had worked a weeks worth of hours by 1pm Friday, which most had, could take the rest of the day off and enjoy what was left of the winter sunlight.