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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    Doc Holliday, 11 Feb 2006 @ 10:28pm

    More regulation = less work

    The worst job I ever had was doing high level customer service for Stream, Inc. I think they sent their "managers" to a special school to make them anal retentive. How they talked people into doing work for free always amazed me. I walked out after two weeks. I hate large corporations, in general, and Stream, especially.

    At some Stream sites, managers allowed games - ping pong, foosball, et cetera. At other sites, nothing but work, you weren't supposed to leave for lunch, but you couldn't do anything but sit at a table and eat. They monitored bathroom time. The places without games had huge turnover. The turnover at the sites with games was still atrocious, (any company that has a standing "help wanted" ad in a major metro paper for years, while their business is contracting, has a problem in the human resources area), but less than at the other places.

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