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9-26-2011 @ 7:33PM
"A lot of people read this column to distract them while at work (which is technically stealing from the company, and your boss and some dude from HR would like to have a meeting with you to discuss it)."I realize you're trying to be funny, but this is grossly inaccurate for a lot of people.1.) Anyone who's using a paid or unpaid break to read WI.2.) Anyone who's nonexempt.3.) Anyone who works for someone who doesn't give a shit what they do during the day as long as they get all their work done.It's only *stealing* if you're actively misrepresenting the time you spent on WoW Insider: e.g., if you report that you did 15 minutes of billable client work when you were really skimming through back entries of Gold Capped.
9-26-2011 @ 8:04PM
I'm sure your HR manager would disagree with you. And if you are an HR manager, I am sure your boss would disagree with you. Whether it is or isn't an offense that garners a write up or termination you could easily put it under the umbrella of not being productive. But go ahead, roll the dice.
9-26-2011 @ 8:31PM
@Noyou:Did you even read my post? Please explain how you're "stealing" if you fall into any of the three categories I've specified (hint: you won't be able to). Now, it may be against company policy for you to visit certain sites from the office, even during times when you're not being paid to work, but that's a totally different issue from *stealing*.Here, I'll even break it down for you.1.) Someone who is on a break is expected to not be working.2.) Someone who is exempt is expected to manage their own time and probably working over 40 hours per week outside a 9-to-5 schedule.3.) You've already finished what you're supposed to have done, so there's nothing else for you to work on.Again, to reiterate: it's only *stealing* if you're reading WoW Insider instead of doing what you're supposed to be doing (what your employer thinks you're doing). Otherwise, by your "logic," I'm stealing from my company right now, by posting from my own computer, at home, outside normal business hours, because I could theoretically be doing some more prep for the conference I'm running tomorrow morning.
9-27-2011 @ 12:58AM
The kind of work I do involves bursts of productive coding separated by periods of mental problem solving and short periods of needing to clear my head. By one definition, I'm only productive when I'm actively typing out code, but the reality is that I need those periods of sitting there thinking, as well as needing to take a break and do something else, in order to be productive. I'm very comfortable reading this website for 10-15 minutes when I just need to do something different.If someone happens to have a problem with it, I can compare just how productive 5 hours of project kickoff meetings in an 8 hour workday is. :)
9-28-2011 @ 7:19AM
me reading this post cost my client 75$...
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