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Streets calm, govt sector parking lots empty, staff attendance 55%

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Extended leave, ‘casual’, ‘medical’ delayed transactions

KUWAIT CITY, July 18: What was unusual after the end of the feast and official holidays is that the streets of Kuwait seemed calm and empty. The parking lots in front of ministries and government offices wore a deserted look, amid a shy presence of employees and visitors, especially in the Ministries Complex, on the first working day after the end of the Eid al- Adha holiday as if the holiday was not over yet, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Some employees reporting for work at one of the ministries.

While most of them anticipated the issuance of the decree appointing the “ new prime minister,” the conversations between the employees in the complex, throughout the working hours, were characterized by cordiality and exchange of congratulations, and questions were asked about how they spent the holiday and how much were the prices for chalets and travel details.

Kuwaitis and expats who did not go out of Kuwait during the holidays spent their leisure time visiting shopping malls
in the country with family and friends.

A wide part of the conversations also were about the murders and drugs that soured the holiday atmosphere, not to mention the summer holidays at European clubs. The daily during a tour of most state ministries in the Ministries Complex, the phones did not stop ringing in some offices, and while a number of visitors complained about the absence of employees in vital sectors that caused them to delay in completing their transactions, other officials in the various government departments realized the situation and stepped in to complete the transactions.

During the tour it was learned that many employees in various ministries resorted to extending their vacations or taking “medical” or “casual” or “without excuses”, and this reflected negatively on the work atmosphere, and responsible administrative sources stressed “this will not go unnoticed, and those who are absent will be held accountable according to the law and regulations.”

The sources added that the automated devices will monitor the employees who attended and left work, in one way or another, and did not complete their work. The sources confirmed that several rounds of monitoring work and absenteeism took place in the offices and those who were absent were monitored, and each violator will be referred to the legal affairs department. The sources indicated to Al-Qabas that the attendance immediately after work resumed after the holidays did not exceed 55 percent, and that the annual summer vacations among employees as about 40 percent, noting that the work was completed smoothly.

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