Comments at both the GUARDIAN and the Daily paper about the moonlighting poop plant personnel tell us technology has changed the face of the USA workplace in ways we never envisioned just a few years ago.
If Boise officials do a sincere investigation and review of the case, they will probably come up with more questions than answers.
There was a time when one had to take vacation time just to visit the doctor’s office. Tardiness could result in dismissal and using the office phones for personal calls–especially long distance–would have you standing before the boss.
The workplace–whether private or public–used to be quite regimented, but things have changed for employers and employees alike.
Consider the following:
–Cell phones have allowed workers to take calls and text messages from kids in school (which opens another can of worms) and make their own calls while not using the office phone. That could be the reason you get automated voice messages so often.
–Flex time has blurred the normal office hours. Combine that with split shifts and comp time to avoid overtime and there is no telling if a worker should be on duty or not.
–There is also a different “trust factor” in the boss-worker relationship. While many people still work for hourly pay, there is little or no monitoring and seldom does anyone “punch a clock.”
–Use of the office copier, tools, e-mail, and computer software seem minor on the face, but when the hourly wage is factored into the equation, it can get spendy.
As we write this in a Texas hotel, a fellow traveler from England tells us no cell phones are allowed at his workplace following a “time and motion” study which showed the company was losing a ton of money to non-work related activity.
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