On Friday many members of Hong Kong's workforce would have taken a half- day off to see what I would call 'the event of the month' - the World Cup quarter-final match between Brazil and England.
I am sure when staff asked for the time off, employers were happy to grant their request.
However, I could not help wondering how many of us would actually consider taking a half-day from work to spend some quality time with an elderly parent, or a sick relative and how many of our employers would consider such a leave application.
Is it just me, or is it a sign of the times? I wonder if it is time for a bit of soul- searching.
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