The Municipality of General Luna in The Philippines has released a strange order for employees. On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, they can either take a paid leave or come to work and receive double pay. What makes this deal even stranger is that to avail either of these options the employee has to be single. This order was issued by the Mayor earlier this month, and it is only open to government employees of Lune.
The employees who want to avail of either benefit will have to register with the Municipal Human Resources Office. They will have to state for how long they have been single and any cause, and the government will be doing a background check to ensure the information is correct. The Mayor has also stated that the employees who take up these offers will be paid directly from his salary, which makes sense since there should be no government provision for this.
It can be said that this is a move to boost employee morale in the post-Covid times. Surely, the Covid-19 led to some out-of-the-box hybrid work cultures, but this offer from the Mayor of Lune is certainly one of the strangest. The Mayor further stated that last year there were 48 single government employees, and this year he expects the number to have been less.
Organizations, both government and public are gearing up to celebrate Valentine’s Day in their own ways. Some may propose a red dress code while others send flowers to employees. But, a choice between double pay or paid leave is truly unique.
What do you think about it? Would you take the leave or work on a holiday for double pay? Considering that you are single of course!