Employees are fuming after this list of rules was posted in a work facility which included requiring employees to be at work 5 minutes early and limiting all bathroom breaks to ten minutes. Photos of the list were posted to Reddit’s r/antiwork subreddit where they have been trending and sparking discussion.
This thread was posted by u/Smoothsay to the popular subreddit, which frequently hosts discussions on fair treatment in the workplace in threads where disgruntled workers share their stories. This thread was posted with the title “This was posted at work today.”
The four rules, which the HR Business Partner posted, target common complaints and frustrations that corporate managers often have. These managers often see bathroom breaks as a way for workers to shirk their duties. Meanwhile, I can’t count the number of times that I have seen managers try to require workers to be ready for work five, ten, or even fifteen minutes before the start of their shift. Five minutes of your time doesn’t matter, but 30 seconds of theirs is of utmost importance. Rounding up the list is overtime. Trying to clamp down on overtime by “forbidding unless approval” is a standard method employers use to circumvent laws around overtime. They hope to add unnecessarily complicated steps that pressure managers and workers into underreporting overtime. Any attempts to get this “approval” for overtime will be met with pushback, eventually leading employees to give up on reporting overtime.
The one rule on this list that I’ll give them is the “smoking break” rule. The classic smoking break is usually around ten minutes every hour, and when you add it together, you start to realize how much time your smoking coworkers are spending outside puffing on a flaming stick. When you have a boss and coworkers who smoke, a fun game to play is to stand outside with them every time they leave together to have a smoking break.
Still, no one wants to deal with a coworker who desperately needs a nicotine fix, and even this rule is needlessly strict.
The original poster responded to a response in the comments to add some context to their situation.
“Sounds pretty illegal to require employees to be on-site, without pay. Sounds like you need to contact BOLI.” -Shitposting24700
“I live in Canada. Seems like a grey area for them asking us to do it but probably illegal to punish us for ignoring.” -Smoothsay
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