The new workplace: hours

Oh dear.

It has not been a good week for moral.  Let me summarize:

  • There are flexible hours.  The start time is between 8:00 and 8:30, and the end time is between 5 and 5:30.
    “The aim is to combine the employee’s right to manage their time freely with respect to their responsibility to a full workday.”
  • One hour for lunch, between 1:30 and 3:30.  Feel free to pass out from hunger before then.  The cafeteria will be closed until 1:30.  Vending machines only sell junk food.
  • Employee work time is calculated as the time between swiping-in and swiping-out of your building.
  • Since you will be considered to be working if you are inside the building, you must be in the building between the times stated above.  That is, you must enter the building between 8:00 and 8:30, and must not leave before 5:00.  Since there is no overtime, you should probably therefore leave before 5:30.
  • Any time you do not follow the above rules, an “incident” will be recorded.
  • Working in other building in the campus does not constitute “working” unless you have a “good cause”.
  • You are allowed 30 minutes a day outside your building.  Any longer is considered an “incident”.
  • All “incidents” are logged in “the system”, and employees must attend to each one and provide justification for their absence.

The main driver for this is stated as:

[The new workplace]  represents the social model that [the company] wants for their employees, which enables greater compatibility between work and personal life. …. For [the company], it is important that all the benefits of [the new workplace] have a positive impact on our employees, customers, suppliers,
shareholders and investors.

Or, put another way:

We want you to have a healthy work/life balance.  And even better, we have determined what that balance will be for you, and we are going to make damn sure you get it, whether it works for you or not.

Or, perhaps this:

To make sure that you get balance in your life, we will be tracking and penalizing you if you don’t follow our plan, because we don’t think you can be trusted to make the right decision for yourself in this whole  “work/life balance” thing.  Actually, we think that because we under-pay you, you would probably slack off and work less.

Doesn’t that sound a bit like “this is going to hurt me more than you”?

One thought on “The new workplace: hours”

  1. NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise…surprise and fear…fear and surprise…. Our two weapons are fear and surprise…and ruthless efficiency…. Our *three* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency…and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope…. Our *four*…no… *Amongst* our weapons…. Amongst our weaponry…are such elements as fear, surprise…. I’ll come in again.

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