Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on February 9, 2022.
Trust is an important component when it comes to your workplace. If the boss micromanages you and hovers over you, it will not bode well for the work environment. Micromanagement usually happens when there is a lack of trust and management tries to control every little detail. One person claimed their company tried to penalize workers when they were even 10 minutes late, Bored Panda reported. They said the plan did not work as intended and they tried to impose fines for delay. Titled: “My company’s late and poor policies are bothering them, and now they’re crying about it.” It detailed how a company that allegedly tried to bully employees ended up regretting it.
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“We have to clock in at a machine, and in the past the rule was that if you were late, you lost money in 15-minute blocks until you clocked in at the machine. Management started crying because suddenly there was no one there who was late They were late by less than 10 minutes (generally they stop on the way home to have a drink or smoke a cigarette, because they already lost the salary, right?),” they wrote on Reddit.
To combat the error of their own policies, they supposedly decided to revise the policy. “Now you lose an hour of wages as soon as you are late… I don’t know anyone who has been less than 55 minutes late since the rule went into effect,” they wrote, explaining that they had passed the new policy. “A whole focus group took part and people pointed out that strict guidelines lead to exploitation. We asked how they expected the people (who were late that day for some reason) to work without pay and they just shrugged,” they wrote. “At the end of the day, now anyone who knows they’re going to be late for work knows to just slow down and relax, have a coffee and stop at a store. No rush. Well done management!”
Likewise, management reportedly complained that people were flying out on too many days and introduced another policy to address this. “Absence was a pretty big problem a few years ago and they didn’t like it. Now is the time to act! In addition to the two-day no sick pay rule, there is now a no-excuses disciplinary policy. 2 days off and you will get disciplinary action. A standard chain of disciplinary action that will result in you being fired,” they wrote.
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People also found a way to get around the new sick leave policy. “The problem is… If I get sick now and have two days off, I can make the most of it. I don’t have any problems anymore because I’m away for a longer period of time; there is no maximum time.” Whether it’s 3 days or 18 months, I come back and get a level 1 disciplinary sanction. So I spent my 2 days unpaid. I now receive my sick pay; It’s been a while since the last vacation, and it’s a long time moving on to the next one… How much time can I afford to have off?” they wrote. “Focus group again. Hard policies invite exploitation, shrug. If you hit us for minor violations that sometimes cannot be changed, we will make our violation worth the punishment.”
The Reddit user said the company soon realized the new rules weren’t working. When asked whether the company’s alleged actions amounted to wage theft, they replied that they were based in the UK, where it was “unfortunately completely legal”. “The company is very large, operates worldwide and has these things under pretty tight control. There have already been arguments in court about individuals being fired for persistent tardiness, absenteeism, etc.,” they wrote, adding that they had no complaints about the pay. “We are well above minimum wage, which is the main reason we all still work there. Wages are not the problem, just the hurdles we have to overcome,” they noted. They also spoke to Bored Panda about continuing the work. “Having been collecting our wages for some time and getting used to it, it would require significant changes and personal sacrifices that most of us, myself included, are simply not willing to make to break away and accept a lower wage.” , they said. “Our employers are as aware of this as we are, and so we all know that the majority of the workforce will remain firmly with the company until conditions become absolutely intolerable.”
Source : scoop.upworthy.com