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Never-ending holidays – why is my Indian colleague out of office?

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Different countries, different customs, different holidays – especially international companies know this issue. In order to guarantee smooth cooperation, it is important to know when colleagues abroad are free. Some serious and not so serious holidays at a glance and how digital helpers can support you to get an overview.

From Yom Kippur, Ramadan and World Beer Day

There are hundreds of different holidays around the world. In addition to numerous religious holidays, there are also numerous other official days on which work is not carried out. In Switzerland, the federal holiday is currently approaching on 1 August, while the German neighbours have “their” holiday on 3 October, the French on 14 July. The first of May is a holiday almost everywhere in Europe, but not worldwide.

Do you know, for example, when Ramadan is celebrated or when all Italian disappear? Me neither. But so that we don’t wonder why our colleagues don’t answer or email back on a seemingly normal Wednesday, we have compiled a small holiday list. In addition to or precisely thanks to international cooperation, it might be possible to bring some cultural diversity into the company.

Ramadan: Not a holiday, but an important event in the Muslim community. For one month Muslims all over the world abstain and fast from dawn to sunset in the ninth month of Ramadan of the Islamic calendar, which begins with the new moon. In 2019 it starts at the beginning of May and ends at the beginning of June. By the way: Lenting hours are extremely different: Muslim Icelanders fast almost 22 hours a day, while Australians “only” fast 9 hours. One or the other could easily be hangry…

Muharram/Islamic New Year: The Islamic New Year’s Eve, so to speak, applies from September 11 to 12, 2018, depending on the new moon.

Ferragosto: August 15th is considered the highlight of summer in Italy and is also Assumption Day – a holiday all over Italy. Around this date, many Italians plan their holidays and itn almost resemble a holiday period prescribed by the state. It could be difficult to reach someone.

All Saints’ Day: Celebrated in several Christian denominations and is a holiday in practically all Catholic countries of Europe on November 1. In Switzerland, by the way, not in all cantons:  Both Basel, Zurich and Berne work as always.

Yom Kippur: The most severe fasting and most important holiday in Judaism ends a ten-day period of repentance, during which Jews should get along again with all their fellow men who have hurt or annoyed them during the course of the year. It falls on the 10th day of the month Tishri, this year on September 19th. Jewish colleagues in Tel Aviv stay away from the office.

Vesakh Festival: Considered one of the most important holidays in the Buddhist faith and celebrates Gautama Buddha’s birthday. In some countries this day is not only a birthday celebration, but also Buddha’s enlightenment and death, on the first full moon of May according to the international calendar year. Singapore and Malaysia will be offline.

Holi: The Feast of Colours is probably the most colourful festival in Hinduism, with which the dawning spring is brought and Vishnu, Krishna and his companion Radha are worshipped. People splash each other with colored water and color powder, which are considered lucky. It takes place in March each year and is celebrated by colleagues from India.

Of course there are also a lot of days on which we work, but still celebrate: International Beer Day (August 4), Wink Surveillance Cameras Day (August 16), Read an E-book Day (September 18), Wear Striking Clothes Day (October 17), International Ninja Day (December 5), Hug a Shark Day (first Sunday in December) and of course Digital Day on October 25.

How coordination works

The holidays listed are only a fraction of hundreds of different holidays. Keeping track of things is difficult. Thanks to many digital helpers, however, this is no longer a problem, since many time recording systems or administration tools can already integrate the official holiday calendars of other locations. This allows you to see at a glance when the holidays also take place in other countries and allows you to coordinate international projects without any problems.

An integrated holiday calendar can also be an advantage when planning your holidays: All official holidays and weekends are automatically deducted from the holiday days and thus have the correct number of holiday days in the system. Leave requests can also be approved directly in the system and stored uniformly. The absence management of all employees from all locations is visible at a glance and the tedious manual adding up is a thing of the past.

Business trips also benefit from numerous advantages, travel costs can also be managed using the tool, for example. Provided, of course, that you use such an HR tool.

The HR suite from jacando also offers all these functionalities! Further articles on human resources management, team culture and teamwork can be found here.

By the way: August 1st is not only the Swiss federal holiday, but also World Middle Finger Day – no joke! 🙂

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