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Don’t Expect Your Buddy From PwC to Answer Your Email Anytime Soon

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Holidays — more specifically, time off during the holidays — are a sore subject around here. And for good reason. Other than mail carriers, accounting professionals are probably right up there as the folks who are expected to work come rain, shine, or celebration of the birth of baby Jesus. Sure, most people get Christmas off, but no one really expects to get two weeks to visit Aunt May in Montana at the end of the year.

Well, PwC is doing just that. Like the budget-strapped government shuttering National Parks, PwC has closed its doors for 11 whole days. Which begs the question: who the hell is going to do inventory counts next week?

By stalking the #pwctakesabreak hashtag on Twitter, you can see newly-sprung PwCers roaming beaches, bars, and movie theaters. They’re decorating gingerbread houses and dining with family. They’re even taking actual vacations in actual destinations (as opposed to fakecations one takes when squeezing in a day or two off). They’re out and about in daylight! It’s a wonderful sight to behold.

Why doesn’t every firm do this? Just close. Let’s be honest here, accounting isn’t brain surgery, clients aren’t going to die if you can’t respond to an email on the Friday after Christmas.

Back to the burning question about inventory counts. As far as we’re aware, the pecking order is in play meaning low men (and women) on the totem pole will be expected to do their part, just as the low men (and women) before them. So sorry, no Aunt May’s famous sugar cookies for you, first years. Everyone else, enjoy your time off and be sure to thank your benevolent overlords for having mercy on your poor, wretched soul. Ho ho ho.

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