If you think your company has the most employee-friendly policies, think again. A creative technology firm in the United Kingdom entered a new level of cool when it declared April 24 a half day holiday to allow its employees to watch the premiere of Game of Thrones Season 6.
Tech company +rehabstudio made the announcement earlier this week to the surprise of its staff.
+rehabstudio founding partner Tim Rodgers told The New York Post that the move was made to create the “best work environment” for the employees and allow them to enjoy a social life as well.
The terms of the holiday, however, have its restrictions. For one, the staff in the firm’s U.S. office is “reminded not to share spoilers on the internet until after the show has aired in the UK 24 hours later.”
That’s fair for a company that runs offices in New York, London and Belfast. While the show airs in the U.S. at 9p.m., it doesn’t hit TVs overseas until 2 a.m. And because the UK staff will have to stay up late to watch the Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere, they will get a free cut the morning after.
In addition, many of the company’s 68 employees in Belfast, where the company first started, are big fans of the Emmy-winning series. Game of Thrones also holds a special place in the hearts of the employee since parts of the show were filmed in Ireland.
The Game of Thrones Season 6 holiday has created a positive image for the company, which thereafter saw a 20 percent increase in job applications, The Daily Mail reported.
“When your company slips you an extra morning off work to recover from a #gameofthrones binge you know you’ve hit the jackpot,” said Emma Willis, +rehabstudio’s London operations director.
+rehabstudio boasts a “friendly culture” in their offices, and Tim Rodgers make it a point to look after the great people working for the company.