Company Time vs Personal Time


Have you heard of Cameron Pettigrew? Probably not. He worked for Fidelity Investments until recently when he was fired for violating the company policy on gambling. He was a commissioner for a fantasy football league and though the amount of company time used and the dollar amount seem minor ($20) Fidelity said, “We want our employees to be focused on our customers and clients”

Pettigrew said he knew about the company policy but didn’t think it was enforced.

Whose time is it anyway?

When most people worked in factories, the line started moving at a certain time, and when the line stopped, they went home. Now, in a service economy, employees should be judged by the quality/results of the work rather than the time their butts stay a seat. Do you really think that just because you can see the employees in their cubicles that they are productive? It is curious to me that employers will pay an employee more for their length of service than their productivity.

Do you value loyalty over results?

Technology has brought way too many interruptions into the workplace whether it’s work related or not. The issues of workplace privacy, social media, twitter, company time v personal time are not going away. The Supreme Court is currently reviewing a texting case involving a public employee. What will be the predominant communication method in the future? My kids rarely use the phone, and have a tough time with email, but will text each other from the basement to the kitchen.

Bottom Line:

Take a hard look at your policies on blogging, social media, use of company time/ equipment and “off-the-job” misconduct in general. Then adjust those policies to today’s reality.