Man Who Works Twice as Hard for Half as Long Fired
on 9/5/2008 (2)
Indianapolis, Indiana - Bob Grahm loved his family and wanted to spend more time with them. Now, thanks to a misguided notion with an un-understanding company, he'll be able to spend a lot more time with his family, though they soon may be living on the street.
|Difinately not hardly working. |
"I thought that as long as I got the same amount of work done, it wouldn't matter if I got done sooner," said the former shipping manager for Cost Plus Warehouse. Bob begin eliminating unnecessary distractions from his day, like bathroom breaks, lunch, and friendly banter with other employees, and begin pushing himself to his mental limits. Within a few weeks, Bob was able to do the same amount of work in four hours as he previously did in eight.
Bob's leaving early quickly drew the ire of coworkers and eventually upper-management whose feelings ranged from petty jealousy to downright disgust.
"Why should he get to go home early just because his work is done, he should stay and suffer like the rest of us," said fellow co-worker Gordy Ketchup. Gordy's typical day is full of fifteen minute chats at the water cooler, checking up on his fantasy sports teams online, multiple bathroom breaks in which he reads the daily newspaper front to back, and a half-hour of downtime after lunch to allow his "food to settle". Management has no problem with this though because he was in the office all day long.
"Even though Bob's four times as productive as any other worker and has eyes that you can lose yourself in all day long, we're not paying him to be productive or look pretty, we're paying him to be here," Cost Plus Vice President Earl Merle told Smooth Operator.
Bob was fired from the company for his actions earlier this week. Conversely Gary, who admittedly puts in only 2-3 hours of actual work each day, was given a raise and a corner office for his inactions.
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