- May 14, 2013
100% agree with you on this. That whole, grab a broom or dust if you find the slightest moment free from your tasks at hand is highschool part time job BS. To expect a person getting payed probably less than a living wage to be in constant motion just because they are on the clock is absurd.Me, I think people should have quotas to meet, and so long as they meet them, they should be free to do as they wish, with whatever time remains left to them. If people can do more, they should be compensated for more.
As for busywork... cleaning... it doesn't add to productivity at all. In fact many companies are now finding that giving people the option of having a flexible schedule, working just 3 or 4 days a week, or shorter days, actually increases productivity.
Long weekends, I don't ever respond to email. Check yes, respond, never. On vacation, set aside an hour every 2-3 days, and no more. From prior experience, trying to half-ass things from halfway across the world just leads to more problems down the line.
As long as they don't bill you. Unfortunately, I have had to retain attorneys a number of times. They work in "billable hours." I think they bill you when they have a dream about you and extra if it is a nightmare!What?!? That is what determined break times are for. When you are on the clock you are expected to work. Your paycheck and benefits are your compensation for your time, experience/knowledge and effort/work.
Say you have a plumber or electrician at your house and you are paying them $55 an hour. They complete the job in 4 hours. Would you be happy to see them leaning against the wall sending texts to friends and watching videos for 4 hours to pad the bill time to you for a full 8 hour day?
They did it well, they are done, now they are relaxing and are going to rip you off for $220 per what you feel is perfectly acceptable.
The reason I moved to DC back in 78 was sort of the luck of the draw, GW was for me the best place to go to medical school. After that, another luck of the draw put me in Baltimore for my residency and that is how I wound up staying in the DC area all this time.Me, I think people should have quotas to meet, and so long as they meet
I wish I had a nice cushy government/union job. Preferably one that would allow me to work remotely, and work on other personal projects.