Eye Opener: Cherry Blossom time at OPM
Happy Wednesday! Workers at the Office of Personnel Management can take an hour break on Thursday or Friday to walk a few blocks south to see the Cherry Blossoms, according to a memo issued late last week.
OPM Director John Berry told his almost 1,500 staffers that they can take one hour, workload permitting, to walk the few blocks from agency headquarters to the Tidal Basin. (The memo was first reported by Stephen Losey of The Federal Times.)
It's all part of OPM's "Feds Get Fit" campaign, designed to promote health and wellness for all federal workers. Keeping feds healthy is a noble goal, but why can't the workers just use their lunch break to take the walk? Or why not wait out the evening commute by walking over to see the trees right after work? Agree or disagree?
The National Cherry Blossoms Festival continues through April 11.
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| March 31, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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