Wednesday, January 28, 2009

In today's news

As up today new regulations are implemented in my company’s policy regarding the so called “cigarette breaks”. Smokers are allowed two breaks-from 9.00 to 9.15 and from 16.00 to 16.15. The new rule is supposed to “increase workers’ efficiency”.

I don’t have an “authority issue” and I have no problem obeying rules…as long as I am convinced in their reasonableness. But to be treated like a slave is not my idea of a “healthy working environment”. I am the “carrot” type-show me appreciation and I’ll turn the world around for you; try to use "the power of the stick” on me and I’ll do anything to burn you down.

I’ll burn you down.


Blogger Milla said...

Oh, it's the same here where I work:
a break of 20 mins in the morning and one in the afternoon (plus 1 hour lunch, of course).
The times are not set in stone, but for example if you begin work at 10:00, for sure you are not going to be seen having a break at 11:00... you'll have to wait until 11:20 or 11:30.

The thing is: I think in Bulgaria generally workers take TOO MANY breaks during the working hours, and especially if these employees work for the state. I don't know how many times Zorro and I have had to queue for 20/30 mins at various offices because
1) whoever was supposed to be at the window was on a break
2) whoever was supposed to open the office was doing the shopping instead
3) whoever was supposed to be at the window was too busy smoking outside with a cigarette on their finger.

3:26 PM  

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