Wintec staff have been given a day off – dubbed ‘Recognition Day’ – as an acknowledgement of the difficulties of lockdown life.

In an email to staff last week, Chief Executive David Christiansen said, ‘we’re well aware that this latest lockdown has made many of us feel really tired and stretched – and quite frankly needing some time away from the screen and the constant demands of deadlines and emails.’

‘We’ve been so impressed with the great mahi that you’ve all put in over the past few weeks, so in recognition of this we’ve organised a day off for us.’

TEU organiser Lois France says the break has come as a welcome surprise for members: ‘It’s a nice gesture that acknowledges the difficult time a lockdown can be for a lot of staff. A day off doesn’t make those difficulties go away, but it is a good chance to reset and if nothing else it helps to feel valued and appreciated for all our members’ hard work in these stressful times.’

Wintec’s preference was for the Recognition Day to be taken on Friday last week. However, if that didn’t work for some staff, they have until the end of the year to find a day that does. Otago University also gave staff an extra day of leave following this year’s lockdown.