Some holidays aren’t celebrated everywhere in the US. One such is this week’s Lincoln Day, celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. It’s celebrated tomorrow in some US states including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Indiana.
Some States instead celebrate Presidents Day on the third Monday of February, a joint celebration of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
The day is marked with a day off and wreath laying – some shops also offer discounts.
An exception is West Virginia, which, despite entering the Union under Lincoln, abolished Lincoln Day and gave workers the Friday after Thanksgiving off instead.
From a work perspective, it is a single day holiday, and the main impact is that people won’t be at their desks.
How do you work around people who are in different time zones with different cultural and religious holidays?
Our suggestion would be that if you work with people on teams that span national, and perhaps even State borders, try asking everyone to create a calendar of important holidays as they apply to them – Google documents, if you can access them, are great for this and very easily updated annually.
This helps people to schedule deadlines, calls and meetings taking those days into account, and saves people the embarrassment of being told they’ve scheduled something on a national holiday and having to start again with scheduling, or being told, after the event, that someone has had to break from a celebration to discuss work.
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