Re: Workplace issues

Subject: Re: Workplace issues
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 17:27:53 -0500

I really find all this rather humorous, in a gallows humor sort of way.

I will give value for what I am hired to do. However, expecting 100%
use of your time on the job from 8-5 is most unrealistic. No one, not
even CEOs devote all of their time to the company during a day. You
are paid for your time, and to accomplish a job. That is all. The
concept that they own all of your time is ludicrous.

Bathroom breaks? Breaks for rest? Clear your mind? Avoid repetitive
stress injuries?

Let us get real. Any manager who insists upon 100% all the time with
no personal business occurring is not only unreasonable, they are not
close to being a leader, and what is worse, they probably are not
effective as a manager in the first place.

I have a life. And if a company cannot accept that, I won't work for
them. Good luck to them, because they will need it. I'll probably
avoid their product as well.

At 9:33 AM -0400 7/21/08, Cardimon, Craig wrote:
> > I take my personal laptop to work with me. For doing anything for the
>> company, I use the company laptop that it hardwired to their net. For
>> doing anything personal, even something as mild as checking my email,
>> use my laptop, which has a Sprint wireless modem. So if I connect to
>> Internet from my personal laptop, that goes through the same structure
>> my cell phone uses and does not involve company assets in any way. So
>> if I do accidentally get something nasty installed on my laptop,
>> no way to pass it to the company.
>Sadly, this does involve company assets. This involves company time.
>Companies are usually fairly flexible about this, but it should still be
>acknowledged. I am not a manager but I know how they think. From 8 - 5
>or whenever, you're on company time. There was a discussion on another
>list about this. People wanted to do creative writing -- hopefully on
>their lunch hour -- and didn't know how to do this without involving
>company assets. The consensus seemed to be to use a USB stick. Okay,
>fine. Then a real live manager chimed in, saying that, if you do
>anything but your job on company time, then -- technically speaking --
>you are stealing from him, and that's called theft. I'm just saying.

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