Leap year bonus: free labour or free time?

Leap years mean an extra day of free labour for most workers, but some will get extra free time instead...

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The campaign is being led by that venerable institution The National Trust, which has decreed that all its staff and volunteers will be given the 29th February off to do something about their carbon footprints.

Its employees, who will be paid for the day, will be expected to change lightbulbs, do a bit of recycling or create a compost heap in the great Green Leap Day initiative. Dame Fiona Reynolds, the National Trust’s director general is calling for other companies to join it in this union-backed day of doing good.

Brendan Barber of the TUC has called the plan ‘a great idea’. MT agrees. To be given a whole day off to change a couple of lightbulbs means plenty of time to catch up on other chores or just spending the time enjoying a sustainable pint of locally-sourced beer. Then a cycle ride home to see how the compost heap is coming along. If being green involves making sacrifices, then this is the kind of sacrifice we can make.

But for those unlucky ones out there who work for a humbug, and will be expected to come into work, then you can always improve your green credentials by following MT’s eco-ranger Dave’s advice by working towards a paperless office. It might not be as much as fun as sitting in the pub, but just think how good you’ll feel…



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