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Sam Adams and the Long Lunch

January 7, 2015
Early time clock, made by National Time Recorder Co. Ltd. of Blackfriars, London at Wookey Hole Caves museum.

Early time clock, made by National Time Recorder Co. Ltd. of Blackfriars, London at Wookey Hole Caves museum.

Last night, a time capsule from 1795 was opened at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. It was entombed beneath a cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House until about six weeks ago when it was removed due to water leaks potentially damaging to it. At the time, it was laid by his Excellency Samuel Adams, Esquire, governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Paul Revere assisted. Yeah, that Paul Revere. Not mentioned among the newspapers, coins, Colonial records, and the like, was an old timecard of the governor. It wasn’t mentioned because apparently the Gov took a lot of long lunches…*

“Let no man thirst for good beer.” – Sam Adams

Absenteeism has been a problem for as long as workers have toiled. Fast forward to 2015 and those of us who showed up for work today can participate in a Twitter chat about the problem, hosted by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM – @weknownext) at 3 p.m. ET.  Those present will include special guest Joyce Maroney (@WF_Institute), director of the Kronos Workforce Institute (aka (Work)Joyce), and SHRM Researcher Karen Wessels (@SHRM_Research). They (and you) will chat about the impact of employee absence on the workplace. If absenteeism is an issue in your workplace you should check it out.

* I made all that stuff about the timecard up. As Mr. Adams once said:

“How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!”

Sorry Sam.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Jay Meyers-hey permalink
    January 9, 2015 6:49 pm

    I bet he clocked in early to read the paper as well.

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