Every year, one of the dilemma that we have to face is how many Hari Raya holidays do we give the staff. We do try to be fair and give some time-off to them but being a legal firm which constantly having to deal with deadlines and such, we can't afford to ignore the fact that there are other people out there who are still working while we are on holidays.
So, a few years ago, my partner and I decided that we will only give 1 day holiday endorsed by the firm and we will then allow the staff to utilised their annual leave. Most are given without too many questions. They arrange among themselves (within each department) who will take which part of the week within the whole week of Eid.
This year is no better. As Raya has been decided using the ru'yah calculation to be on Friday, although the authority will look to the sky on Wednesday and announce then whether it will be on Thursday (9th) or Friday (10th), we have decided to give the staff a holiday on Thursday. Most of them are taking days off after the Raya holiday and extend their leaves until Malaysia day of 16th September. In short, most of the staff in this firm will be off for nearly a week.
As for me, I will be on extended leave (for the first time since this firm is in existence) as I am going to London on the second day of Raya (this Saturday, September the 11th - good date to travel huh?). I was usually the one who will be the first to opened up the office after Raya celebration but not this year.
My partner already took the day off for today (Wednesday, the 8th). The dilemma now for me is whether to give the staff (those who are still working) a half-day off today or not.
Anyway, Have a great Eid Mubarak, a great holiday and have a safe journey.