Originally Posted by jake t buds
. This woman might have other gigs going on, either with music or art or whatever. You simply don't know if she needs to respond to inquires in a timely manner.
Precisely my point. See, I'm "one of them", the employer. I sign the paychecks, I hump 18 hr days looking for contracts and marketing opportunities, mainly to keep my staff employed. Because I know if they get less than 30 hrs a week I'll lose them.
When I was at the Marriott in S'pore there was this waiter who sold insurance on the side. Every one knew enough to stay away from him in the lunch room, but the guy would hit you up at work. H.R. gave him a warning after people complained, disciplined him after the second violation, and canned him after the third. It wasn't the p.i.t.a. factor, it was that he was using company time for non-company purposes.
Last summer my 16 yr old kid wanted a new bike, nothing the matter with his old one, so I told him he could work for me. Slave labour at $11.25/hr. Every time I turned around he was in a corner texting. Took him aside and told him he could text all he wanted on his breaks. After a week I canned him. He gets a job washing dishes down the street, they made it very clear that his cellphone stayed in his bag.
Two months ago I canned our barrista. Her shift started at 10, she'd come in at 10:10, lock herself in the bathroom and yap on her phone for 15 minutes, she'd sign in for 10 am. Day I canned her, I caught her signing in for 10 am, asked her to pull out her phone and note the time, she refused to acknowledge the phone said 10;30-ish.
So I dunno...If I'm paying for your labour, I expect it. I don't negotiate for 2$ an hour cheaper if you can text or call during your shift about your p/t gigs.. Yes you can yap with your co-worker, chat up guests, but if you use your phone to earn money on my time, or to discuss your evening plans--or god forbid read your all-important texts regarding your current score on call-of-duty, you're outta here....
You didn't get my point about the girl's other items like wallet, keys, I.D. that didn't get strapped to her leg, but her phone did.
Fashion designers, deschmigners, whatever you want to wear on your time off is your business, just not at work.