Happy Festivus, Everyone! If you’re unaware of the origins of Festivus, I must insist that you watch this educational video on the historical origins of this holiday for “the rest of us”! And then laugh. Seriously.
My family’s been celebrating Festivus since this Seinfeld episode aired in the 90’s, so it’s become quite an entrenched tradition. A little less formal than many of the other holidays, it’s a great reprieve to relax a bit when preparations for the rest of the “Holiday Season” can get so uptight and stressful… So get the aluminum pole ready, “‘Cause I got a lotta problems with you people!” =)
Actually, I don’t. Our readers here are great. But I do still have a grievance this year.
My 2013 Grievance: FY = CY
Growing up, there were always two separate calendars. The school year, which started in August, and the calendar year that started in January. This was great. Because when everything got crazy at the end of the school year (and it really could get crazy!) it was fine because that was all you had to worry about. There were no major holidays or events requiring travel and excessive shopping and bad gift giving.
Now, though, it’s different. Mr PoP and I both work at companies that (like most in the US) run their fiscal year to coincide with the calendar year. That means everything having to do with the year end (sales, using budgets, setting budgets, tax moves, etc) gets crammed into the last few weeks of the year… a time when the whole world seems to be saying “spend time with your family”. Well, that’d be nice… if it weren’t (literally) the busiest time of the year at work.
The thing is, it doesn’t have to be this way. A fiscal year is just defined as any 12 month period. Heck, the entire country of Australia is structured on a fiscal year running from July – June! How awesome would that be?
So that’s my grievance. Corporate America, have a heart. (But maybe this is asking too much…) Change your fiscal year end to a more sane time of the year (June 30 or September 30 feel like great contenders), and spare your employees some extra headaches this time of year.
What’s your 2013 grievance?