Fired For Playing Solitaire?

from the what-if-it-made-him-more-productive dept

Politicians love to find actions that make them look "tough" on something -- even if the end result actually has bad results. New York's Mayor Bloomberg seems to be going down this route, as he personally had a city employee fired after spotting Solitaire open on his computer. This really isn't a first for politicians. A year ago, a state senator in North Carolina looked to have Solitaire banned from government computers, claiming that it would save the government money. Apparently, both of these politicians think that if someone doesn't have Solitaire on their computers, they'd automatically be productive workers during the time that they were otherwise playing (rather than doing something else to waste time). Of course, studies have suggested that a quick game of Solitaire at work can often be good for worker productivity. It gives workers much needed breaks that make them more productive when they are working and makes them happier. However, none of that matters, apparently. Why not judge employees on the actual work they do, rather than on whether or not they take an occasional break?

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    Howard Lee Harkness, 10 Feb 2006 @ 7:06pm

    Solitaire & other computer games

    Starting about 1990, I taught programming courses for a national training company. One of the things I discovered fairly early in my teaching career was that my students tended to get absorbed in playing solitaire. During the setup for my next class, I deleted all of the games from the classroom systems. Not only was the student participation better, but I also got much better reviews from the students. This wasn't just a slight effect, the difference was substantial enough to draw a comment from the home office on the improvement in my performance reviews. I passed that tip along to the other instructors, who reported similar results.

    --
    Violins and Musical Accessories


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