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Does Your Place Of Work Observe The Armistice Day 2 Minute Silence?

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As per title.

I ask because I was working on a contract at a client's site a few years ago when the two minutes silence started to be observed. I have never worked in an office that did that before.

About half way through my manager came out of a meeting, walked over to me and asked a question putting me in an awkward position*: Do I answer him directly or risk offending him telling him the 2 minute silence is being observed.

So question is: does your place of work observe the two minute silence?

*I didn't know if he was aware of what was going on and simply didn't care.

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I was on a training course one time at Manchester town hall and the whole place emptied out to the cenotaph at St Peters Square where everyone was very respectful.

Town hall though so I suspect they quite like the half hour off work it entails.

I suspect sitting in your chair isn't the best way of showing you're doing it.

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I was on a training course one time at Manchester town hall and the whole place emptied out to the cenotaph at St Peters Square where everyone was very respectful.

Town hall though so I suspect they quite like the half hour off work it entails.

I suspect sitting in your chair isn't the best way of showing you're doing it.

So has any other place you have worked in observed the silence?

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An email usually goes around to the effect that people are welcome to (so no getting moaned at by a manager for sitting quietly for a couple of minutes when he's trying to ask you questions) but it's up to people to make their own arrangements for noticing the time.

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Yes, all 70 staff here observe the 2 minutes.

An email reminder is sent in the morning and each department nominates a staff member to field any calls during the two minutes to explain to clients what we are doing.

We start with with an announcement on the PA system and end with a thank you to all staff etc.

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A couple of places have but it only really works if you have a PA over which start/stop can be announced. I have broken it before by not realising it had started and everybody's looking around after trying to decide if it's finished. Which sort of lacks solemnity.

Don't agree with it midweek in workplaces myself, keep it for Remembrance Sunday which is when it is properly marked.

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I'm not saying I don't agree with the concept, just that I have seen it so patchily observed (always through thoughtlessness rather than objecting to it) so many times that I would leave it for Sunday when it is always properly observed.

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As per title.

I ask because I was working on a contract at a client's site a few years ago when the two minutes silence started to be observed. I have never worked in an office that did that before.

About half way through my manager came out of a meeting, walked over to me and asked a question putting me in an awkward position*: Do I answer him directly or risk offending him telling him the 2 minute silence is being observed.

So question is: does your place of work observe the two minute silence?

*I didn't know if he was aware of what was going on and simply didn't care.

Yes, everywhere I've worked [in the NHS] has observed it, except in my current job we still answer 999 emergency calls, for some reason!

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Yes, everywhere I've worked [in the NHS] has observed it, except in my current job we still answer 999 emergency calls, for some reason!

Do people ever ring up to divulge an outbreak of muteness in their area?

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Do people ever ring up to divulge an outbreak of muteness in their area?

I believe one of my colleagues took that call.:ph34r:

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You never thought to speak up then ?

As I said I've done it myself by mistake, and how do you shut somebody up without making a bigger disruption?

That's why the one minute applause was brought in at football grounds to replace the silence, when some dick shouts out you then get another twenty shouting at him to shut up and threatening to kick his head in which wrecks it more than the dickhead did.

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Do people ever ring up to divulge an outbreak of muteness in their area?

I believe one of my colleagues took that call. Patient confidentiality precludes me divulging more.:ph34r:

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As I said I've done it myself by mistake, and how do you shut somebody up without making a bigger disruption?

That's why the one minute applause was brought in at football grounds to replace the silence, when some dick shouts out you then get another twenty shouting at him to shut up and threatening to kick his head in which wrecks it more than the dickhead did.

Just wait till it's over and duff the bu66er up.

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Wonder whether they observe it in Islington? <_<

I used to work in Islington (private sector). The 2 mins was optional and not generally observed, though some did at their desks. When the Queen Mother died we did have 2 mins silent gathering (optional) in reception and about half the staff turned up, some of the others sniggered etc as you might expect in such a sacred socialist area. I myself prefer to observe it on the Sunday in church and think that the campaign to do it on the weekday is admirable but has resulted in observance being spread out over the Sunday and the 11th which has resulted in it being weakened.

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So has any other place you have worked in observed the silence?

No.

Although to be fair the vast majority of my paid employment bar council was casual so probably not working on 11/11.

And when I was paid by council I worked alone. :)

Working for myself it will have depended if anyone else has been in office with me whether I have technically taken notice of it.

I was in asda one year and that was bizarre like some silent flash mob!

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I think you are right. There has also been silence inflation. Why 2 minutes? I think once there was three. One is quite sufficient.

And then there's all those minutes silences at sporting events. Something happens somewhere in the world or the physios dog has died. Hardly a match without a silence these days.

One s for the dead soldiers and one is for Diana.

Or

One is for the dead squaddies and one or the officers.

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No, but Remembrance Day is a public holiday in Canada so that's not surprising. We also get Queen Victoria's birthday off, which is nice.

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We generally do at our place, but do so at my desk as I don't see the point in standing in the warehouse being quiet. Although some salesperson is bound to call...

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