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Firm wins prize for sending workers home to sleep 送員工回家睡覺的事務所獲獎

A lawmaker takes a nap in Rome.羅馬一名立法委員趴著小歇片刻。 (照片:美聯社)

PHOTO: AP

A law firm that encourages its workers to take a nap if they are tired has won New Zealand's top award for helping employees to balance their work and personal lives.

The government's Equal Employment Opportunities Trust gave the firm Meredith Connell its “work-life balance” award for offering employees flexible work hours to allow employees to keep personal commitments.

One lawyer, Anna Longdill, said she took advantage of the flexible hours to do sports training. She would get out of bed at 4:30am each day and run, swim or cycle for three hours before going to the office.

“After a few weeks of that, it gets to the point where you are hitting (a) brick wall,” Longdill said. “I recall more than one occasion when the boss said, ‘you need to go home, you need to go and sleep.’”

Longdill, 25, said she still spent 50 hours or more a week working, making up the time by working at night from home via remote access to company computers.

Meredith Connell credited the plan for helping cut the rate that its professional staff left the company by 5 percent in the past year.(AP)

一家法律事務所因鼓勵員工累了就休息,幫助員工平衡工作和個人生活,獲頒紐西蘭最高獎項。

梅瑞迪斯康乃爾法律事務所因提供彈性工時,讓員工得以規劃私人生活,榮獲紐西蘭政府「平等就業機會信託」的「生活職場平衡獎」。

一名律師安娜.隆蒂爾表示,她利用彈性工時的好處進行運動訓練,她會每天早晨四點半起床,在上班前跑步、游泳和騎腳踏車三小時。

隆蒂爾表示︰「幾星期後就碰到了臨界點,我記得老闆不只一次對我說『你得回家,你得去睡一下』。」

今年二十五歲的隆蒂爾表示,她每週仍工作五十個小時以上,以晚上在家透過遠端存取連結公司電腦補足上班的時數。

梅瑞迪斯康乃爾表示過去一年專業人員的離職率下降了5 %,都得歸功這項計畫。

(美聯社╱翻譯︰鄭湘儀)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. firm n.

公司 (gong1 si1)

例: After I graduate college, I'll probably go work at my uncle's firm.

(我大學畢業後可能會在我叔叔的公司工作。)

2. flexible adj.

彈性的 (tan2 xing4 de5)

例: We can meet wherever you want; I'm flexible.

(我們可以在任何你想要的地方見面,我都可以配合。)

3. via prep.

經由 (jing1 you2)

例: I'm flying to Beijing via Hong Kong.

(我經由香港飛北京。)

4. remote adj.

偏僻的 (pian1 pi4 de5)

例: The village is so remote that you can't reach it by car.

(那座村莊很偏遠,開車無法到達。)


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