Ryanair Employees Banned From Charging Cell Phones At Work

from the assistant-TO-the-regional-manager dept

Europe's high flying discount airline, Ryanair, has decided to ban cell phone charging at work. Though the company spokesperson claims that "nobody has batted an eyelid" in reference to the new policy, it could be that the employees are too incredulous to comment. Whether this policy is meant to be a cost savings or to reinforce a "good work ethic," it is simply silly. Ryanair workers will now have to rely on hand-crank generators to charge their phones, which I'm sure will have a much bigger affect on productivity.
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    wip, 23 Apr 2005 @ 11:15am

    Re: or maybe employees will get the hint

    arguing that a company should foot the bill for charging your personal stuff because it reduces productivity is not sensible. arguing that employees will need to leave work to charge their personal stuff as a result is not sensible either.

    Just because cell phones are ubiquitous does not mean they are productivity enhancers. The point that I am making is that these things are mostly non-work distractions and it is a sensible thing for a company to remove non-work distractions from the workplace. Especially when the company is a barebones low cost company that prides itself on low priced service. Why squander price on a non-essential distraction?

    Most jobs do not require cell phones. On call people, on the road people obviously do require cell phones, but that is the minority. The rest are people talking to their friends, because business associates call your work number not your private personal number.

    If business people are calling you on your personal phone, that is your fault. The company provides a phone that you could use, that is available during work hours. If you choose to give out your personal number instead of your work number, it is your fault that you get business calls during personal time.

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