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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    mark, 11 Feb 2006 @ 7:22pm

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    I spent 30 years in a 9-1-1 Center (that was actually before 9-1-1 came in by the way). Every new director and his management crew had to learn the hard way about so-called "time wastage". When you're dealing with the type of job where you are waiting for a radio transmission or phone call, especially in the middle of the night, it pays to allow people to keep active doing something so they don't get "dull" witted. Response times always went up when management cracked down on "not looking like you're working" and improved when solitaire (cyber or cards), knitting, etc was allowed. I can see a certain amount of restriction on other types of situations where the worker has more control over his/her productivity, but firing would be a bit extreme, especially if a dip in productivity was not documented. (for the record, solitaire was done on the word processing, non- dispatch computer. No idiots in our shop.)

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