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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    Michael, 13 Feb 2006 @ 9:43am

    Re: No Subject Given

    In response to the original commenter:

    "So much so that doing a crap job, but being very visible is actually rewarded more than doing very good work but not being visible."

    This is beyond true. I've had jobs where I've been able to do absolutely nothing of value what-so-ever, and get raise after raise. On paper, it's a business, and productivity matters. But in the real world of people, it's all about perception. If people believe you to be working hard, then you ARE working hard. At least, you are in every reality but your own, and it doesn't get much better than that.

    And the truth is, people don't perceive much in most white collar jobs, because there simply aren't good metrics. Laborers are usually tracked by the statistics of their labor (calls taken, bugs fixed, widgets welded, etc.), but those of us lucky enough to have more project-centric jobs (or even better, broad-goal-centric jobs as in several types of management positions), the only metric is other's perception, and that's when you have complete power to do only what you want to do, and craft a perception of doing whatever they're expecting you to do.

    Disclaimer: Don't hurt America. Be a good doobie and work hard and all that. Yeah...

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