I'm sure all the executives have their phones locked away for 'productivity' too right /s
infantilizing adults again by making them literally lock up their phones because they can't be trusted to not use them on the job. My job tried to tell us that we had to keep ours locked up in our cars. That didn't go over too well. They expected us to have no contact with the outside world for 8 hours a day so that they can maximize profit.
I’m a manager at one and we stopped following the phone policy when I started managing. I have kids and I’m not giving mine up and neither should they.
UPS does this too. At least the location I worked at
Let's lock the doors and windows in our clothing factory to stop people from deserting the job!
Didn’t we learn our lesson about locking people and things away during work with the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory disaster like 100 years ago?
Is this like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire for our generation?
My friend’s husband was working at Walmart, and saw a customer stealing merchandise. They used their cell phone to call security and provide a description of the customer while keeping an eye on them and their movements(e.g they are in aisle 2 walking towards checkout).They caught the customer and confirmed they were stealing. My friend’s husband? Well he was written up for using a cell phone during work hours. He was supposed to break sight with the thief and go to a specific call box to make the call instead.We regularly dehumanize and (at best) infantilize workers, and then wonder why they aren’t productive, and aren’t dedicated to their job.
FedEx is gonna get sued by the families of everyone in that building. Its a negligent safety issue. I really hope it sets a precedent for businesses moving forward. We are all adults, and frankly, I'm tired of businesses bullying workers and treating them like children. I fully understand some rooms or locations in businesses that have trade secrets, r and d etc, but this is different. There hasn't been some change in logistics operations sense the roll out of the internet or the GPS. Both of which are essentially free for everyone.If someone needs to send a text, or check a voice-mail, it shouldn't be some world ending situation. Regardless of how employers feel, there is almost always downtime at any job that this would not interfere with operations. Fuckers pay the bare minimum they can to keep people around, then get uppity like employees are stealing their precious seconds. Shit is ridiculous. Employee employer relationships are two way streets. For far too long it's been one way in this country. America really does need a re-balancing in so many areas, its hard to know where to start.
There are stories from the 1910s to the 1920s about warehouse fires and women being trapped inside because the management locked the doors so no one could get out. Absolutely nothing has changed in the 100 years since then.
Praxis: get a flip phone to turn in while on the job. I'd recommend a Hasbro Elmo cell phone with a lil snack compartment for your tots.
Which part is more dystopian, the gun lunacy or the corporate lunacy?
Not only that, they had people return to work after the shooting.
Wait, there are jobs that don’t make you put your phone in your locker?
I really wish I would have gotten into the pest control industry a lot earlier in my life. I've been in it for 4 years now and I absolutely love being able do my own work on my own, not be working alongside somebody and not have somebody looking over my shoulder. The money is decent too.
Productivity, privacy, safety... there's a lot of reason workers might have to not have phones. The real question is "how can someone get a gun in but not a phone"?
Amazon 'fulfillment' warehouses operate with the same policy... although if there was a shooting, im pretty sure its the upper management who will be the ones getting it
I grew up as cell phones became popular. They were 100% banned in middle and most of high school. Once I became a senior they started allowing us to have them again due to situations just like this. Mid 2000s
unions need to come back
This country is fucking pathetic
The nature of capitalism is such that occasionally somebody reinvents the Triangle-Shirtwaist Fire.
Let’s skip the insanity of a mass shooting for a moment.If I hire someone, it’s because I assume that they are competent enough to do the job I want done. That competence includes knowing that they shouldn’t be on their phone at all hours, but that’s a long way away from “you cannot have your phone on you”.I’ve worked for the military in sensitive areas, and unless you were going into a high security meeting room, the only rule was “disable WiFi and Bluetooth”.I cannot fathom the culture thy gets you to ban everyone in a normal workplace from carrying a fucking phone.Same with breaks - if any worker needs to spend more than two minutes getting to a bathroom (exceptions for people on the road or working in large outdoor settings), you’ve fucked up the design of the area and need to make allowances for those people’s breaks.To my mind the only thing you get out of treating your employees in this way are unexpected and unwanted stool and urine samples.
I still dont know what keeps these people from rioting. And yeah arm the poor.