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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    JerseyRich, 10 Feb 2006 @ 8:22pm

    The Problem Is....

    ...that you can't always trust that people are doing the right thing and using the solitaire for occasional breaks.

    I understand and agree with the productivity thing, but some employees will play solitaire for four hours a day.

    Maybe if there were a timer integrated into the game so that it worked for X number of minutes per hour. Heck, it could even have reminders that it was time to play.

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