‘Working 9 to 5’?

Traffic backs up on South Sound Road during evening rush hour. - PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

Thinking of these words to Dolly Parton’s popular song, I wonder how much relevance they presently have to the working day in Cayman.

Every morning – from 6:30 a.m. in the outer districts – diligent, enthusiastic employees can be observed racing into town like maniacs so they can get to work early?

One must admire the apparent zeal of such workers.

In the evenings, the roads are blocked with employees leaving work from around 4:30 p.m. most days and 4 p.m. on Fridays!

Does anybody work till 5 p.m. anymore?

My suggestion is that employers install time clocks with punch cards, from which hours worked and applicable salaries are determined.

Just imagine how many hundreds of additional man hours will instantly be provided!

J.L. Bodden



  1. I think these workers on the Highways and cutting through By-ways in the early mornings should be looked upon as hard working people who want to get to work early beating the traffic. The poor little children still in the back seat without even a breakfast trying to get a last minute wink. Majority of these workers do not have to work until 9. am but they are on the road from 5. am, no breakfast or tea, but can reach Town a bit earlier, grab a sandwich a cup of coffee and into their office when others are still brushing their teeth. In my opinion, they should be congratulated.


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