One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An unscheduled extra day's leave from work, taken to alleviate stress or pressure and sanctioned by one's employer.
- ‘A duvet day here and there is becoming more acceptable in the workplace, but obviously it is not realistic to expect that we can all retreat into total hibernation!’
- ‘Increasingly, we are awarding ourselves duvet days and over-stretched lunch-breaks.’
- ‘I have never been late, never been warned about my work and I don't do ‘duvet days’, which some teachers do.’
- ‘Honest employees will also feel the benefit as they will less often be short staffed by a duvet day taken by their lazy colleagues.’
- ‘Today, company cars, cellphones and superannuation schemes are out and ‘duvet days’, flexi-hours and paid sabbaticals are in.’
- ‘The company, which has its European headquarters in Greenock, offers employers an absence management service to reduce the number of ‘duvet days’ taken by getting to the root of their cause.’
- ‘Every now and then I'll chuck a sickie or have a duvet day.’
- ‘Instead of standing on picket lines, as in the past, people take ‘duvet days’ and never make it into the office at all.’
- ‘They should have the day off work, and get drunk - or spend it with the family - or just have a duvet day - but mark the day somehow.’
- ‘And duvet days are a growing inconvenience for Scottish business.’
- ‘Maybe we should take a leaf out of some companies in the US who have initiated a number of ‘duvet days’, where employees who simply can't face going to work can legitimately phone in for a day off.’
- ‘But a couple of days ago he phoned and said he could take a duvet day sometime this week and we could go for a picnic in Kearsney Abbey (a very nice park).’
- ‘In America, when you skip work and stay in bed for the duration, they call it a duvet day.’
- ‘The American idea of the duvet day - opting at short notice to take a day's holiday - could work in some businesses.’
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