this popped up on our intranet, and amused me greatly:
"As one of the top three councils in the country, we havebeen selected to pilot a metric working day.
This is part of a project to standardise working practices across Europe. Under the scheme the 35 hours per week will be abolished and replaced with 100 metri-hours per week. Each metri-hour will be made up of 100 centiminutes, which in turn contain 100 millisecs.
While every effort is being made to ensure that no disruption caused by the switch, it is not possible to exactly match the imperial and metric clocks. As a result staff will need to work an extra 26 centiminutes (35 old minutes) per day. This will also mean an identical working day to staff in the European councils that are also taking part in the project.
HR consultant Herang Rouge said: “C’est fantastique. To be part of this scheme is a huge opportunity for us, which demonstrates that we are one of the most highly regarded councils in Europe. Our staff always go the extra kilometre so I’m sure they won’t mind going the extra 26 centiminutes.”
The other organisations taking part are the scheme are Prima Aprilis City Council, Poland, and Poisson D’Avril Town Council, near Aix-en-Provence, France."