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(Courier Mail)   If you're a grown adult it's kind of sad when your boss bans you from eating lollipops at your desk and makes you drink all your liquids out of a sippy cup   (couriermail.com.au) divider line 37
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2013-04-01 01:42:25 AM
Where's the silly tag?
 
2013-04-01 01:47:24 AM
many places of business forbid eating or drinking at the workplace/desk/cubicle. people ignore company policy. when you're in a position where not having your mouth full and speaking clearly is of great importance its even more important. when your workplace has sensitive/expensive equipment you could ruin with liquids you might not want workers leaving topless Big Gulps about.
 
2013-04-01 07:29:40 AM
Subby, you realize in Australia "lolly" doesn't mean lollipop right? No, of course you don't. Well, FYI it means any candy or sweets.
 
2013-04-01 07:31:18 AM
The more responsible thing would be of course to require them to wear diapers too. 30-minute meal breaks and  15-minute breaks are way too long, they can piss into their pants if they need relief. And if they break the rules, they should be put in the naughty room and spanked.
 
/i'll be in my bunk
 
2013-04-01 07:37:05 AM
As a result, the workers are also now experiencing a shocking lack of adverbs.
 
2013-04-01 07:37:38 AM
As long as it's vodak and orange juice, or as I call it, 'breakfast', I'll drink it out of anything he tells me to.

Got a kid here who is an open mouth chewer, belcher and farter. I want to crawl over the cubicle wall, rip his head off, shove it up his a$$ and yell down the neck hole "Decorum, a$$hole, dec-farking-corum!"
 
2013-04-01 07:43:40 AM
My workplace has the same bans.  We can't eat anything at our desks (though most of us ignore this rule as it isn't enforced in my department) and all new employee's are issued a lidded coffee cup.  No drinking containers are allowed w/o a lid.
 
STUPID.  I understand there's computers everywhere, but maybe instead of retarded rules for everyone why don't they actually discipline the idiot who spills crap?
 
2013-04-01 07:50:08 AM

Harry Freakstorm: open mouth chewer

 
This just makes my skin crawl. I was stuck with someone who did that while I was tree planting for an entire summer. He'd always sit across from us and just gnash away at his food, scratch his crotch and pick his ears while watching for mosquitoes to land on his arms so he could squash them. Quite possibly one of the most disgusting human beings I've ever known.
 
*shudder*
 
2013-04-01 07:51:03 AM
At my center they installed drink holders that are no where near the equipment that we have to use. On my shift we can eat at our consoles too.
 
I also regularly have my ipad out and running. 
 
My co-workers and I are very spoiled (food/technology band are common in our area) but we also understand how to prioritize. I've dropped my cell/pushed my ipad out of the way when necessary. I once had just taken a bite of food right as an officer called out a foot pursuit. I spit it out and handled my air traffic. 
 
Basically, these people are idiots.
 
2013-04-01 07:51:08 AM
Topless Big Gulps? Who does that? I don't think I've seen anyone drink out of one without a lid and straw. But if they are: require a lid and straw. I can see that being prudent when there are lots of keyboards and such about (like in a call center). You pretty much have to allow drinking coffee, etc, otherwise you're just cruel. (And stupid, because coffee helps people be alert and productive.) Requiring some sort of travel type mug isn't beyond the pale, though.

As long as they get breaks every couple of hours I don't see why people need to eat at their stations and get crumbs in the keyboards, etc. But if they don't get breaks that often--then I think you have to expect some snacking to go on.
 
2013-04-01 08:01:29 AM

Walker: Subby, you realize in Australia "lolly" doesn't mean lollipop right? No, of course you don't. Well, FYI it means any candy or sweets.


So it could include lollipops right?
 
2013-04-01 08:12:02 AM
If you're a grown adult it's kind of sad when you eat lollipops, period.
 
2013-04-01 08:16:06 AM
Wow, rat race problems.

/ mountain, get off mine
 
2013-04-01 08:32:52 AM
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2013-04-01 08:37:46 AM
We actually have bowls of candy at our desks. 
One guy had an industrial sized box of dum dums free for the taking. 
Yes, we have dental.
 
2013-04-01 08:39:16 AM

Walker: Subby, you realize in Australia "lolly" doesn't mean lollipop right? No, of course you don't. Well, FYI it means any candy or sweets.


So, it's the "Coke" of candy?
 
2013-04-01 08:42:44 AM
We have people like that here. We call them PHD's.
 
2013-04-01 08:49:15 AM
Give the the dispatchers their goddam snacks.
I don't want someone who is hungry and distracted making critical decisions.
 
2013-04-01 09:05:46 AM
Being someone who worked in a call center for 5 years the spill proof containers is a no brainier.   No lidded soft drinks at the desk i feel is taking it a bit too far.  The official rule was not eating at the desk but there was plenty of breaking this rule without dispensary action .   I do remember being scolded once for a non-spill proof container.  As for breaks they get more then we ever did.
 
2013-04-01 09:08:20 AM
keyboards cost at most $10 if you are buying them in bulk. I don't think degrading your workers who are doing a skilled job is worth saving a couple of hundred bucks a year, if that much even. The issue is confrontation. We seem to be terrified of it these days so rather than confront the moron who eats a gigantic sub sandwich and tries to talk with his/her mouth full and constantly leaves candy wrappers all over the place they just make it 'policy' and save themselves from having a difficult conversation.  The reasons for this are many but a big one is our complete lack of respect for authority in the workplace. It used to be that your boss was Mr or Mrs Smith and not Dave or Brenda and if they told you to do something you did it. These days you can't even speak sternly to workers without them having to deal with a complaint about hostile work environments or some such nonsense.
 
</rant>
 
2013-04-01 09:14:16 AM

Egoy3k: keyboards cost at most $10 if you are buying them in bulk. I don't think degrading your workers who are doing a skilled job is worth saving a couple of hundred bucks a year, if that much even. The issue is confrontation. We seem to be terrified of it these days so rather than confront the moron who eats a gigantic sub sandwich and tries to talk with his/her mouth full and constantly leaves candy wrappers all over the place they just make it 'policy' and save themselves from having a difficult conversation.  The reasons for this are many but a big one is our complete lack of respect for authority in the workplace. It used to be that your boss was Mr or Mrs Smith and not Dave or Brenda and if they told you to do something you did it. These days you can't even speak sternly to workers without them having to deal with a complaint about hostile work environments or some such nonsense.
 
</rant>


FTFA:  "Staff are allowed to consume fluids during their shift in special containers supplied by the QAS," he said. "This is to minimise the risk to vital technical equipment." 
 
I get the feeling that it's perhaps not as trivial as a few crumbs in the keyboard.
 
2013-04-01 09:15:52 AM

Walker: Subby, you realize in Australia "lolly" doesn't mean lollipop right? No, of course you don't. Well, FYI it means any candy or sweets.


So are they, or aren't they, allowed lollipops?
 
2013-04-01 09:20:47 AM
I thought this article was going to be about someone like my coworker, who is slowly breaking all the dishes and glasses in the kitchen. She also gets food on everything, and she won't wear her glasses, so she can't see it to clean it up.
 
But she doesn't smell funny or anything, and if you keep an eye on her, she gets the job done. And everybody says "but she's got a heart of gold." Sigh.
 
/CSS
 
2013-04-01 09:21:26 AM
miss diminutive

Harry Freakstorm: open mouth chewer

This just makes my skin crawl. I was stuck with someone who did that while I was tree planting for an entire summer. He'd always sit across from us and just gnash away at his food, scratch his crotch and pick his ears while watching for mosquitoes to land on his arms so he could squash them. Quite possibly one of the most disgusting human beings I've ever known.

*shudder*


Oh please tell me he's buried under a Georgia Pine sapling. This guy is a know it all kid who lucked his way in to a 90k job. In addition to acting like he's working in his living room, he has the annoying habit of yelling out a question without directing it towards anyone. "Where's the TPS-9 form? WHERE"S THE TPS 9 FORM? I SAID WHERE IS THE TPS 9 FORMS"

Who are you talking to?

Anyone who knows where the TPS-9 forms are.

Did you look on the shared drive in the folder 'TPS-9 Forms'

You think they're there?

I dunno. My very first day here, my mentor told me, if you remember only one thing, it's that the TPS-9 forms are located on the shared drive in a folder marked 'TPS-9 Forms'. I have a post-it note on my computer screen that says "The TPS-9 Forms are located on the shared drive in a folder marked "TPS-9 Forms". That's just in case I stick my head in a running microwave and kill off half my brain cells. That way, I'll always know that the TPS-9 Forms are in a folder on the shared drive labelled 'TPS-9 Forms'"

You know what would make more sense?

Making abortions legal up to, uh, what ever age you are?

If we put all the forms in a folder marked "Forms"

Brilliant! Why don't we put everything on the internet on one page and call it Internet.com?

Sergeant Major: Here here, you to. You get back to work and cease this rhetoric. It's gone on quite long enough. You, young man. What are you doing? Looking at kitty videos on youtube? How is that productive?
 
2013-04-01 09:24:57 AM
As someone who spent 2 days cleaning coffee out of medical equipment, I'm getting a kick out of the replies.
 
It's not the coffee but the cream and sugar that are hard to get out of switches.
 
2013-04-01 09:37:36 AM
Eat before you get to work, during your break, and when you leave.  It's not so hard.  and if you can't handle it, find an employee that will allow it, nobody is forcing you to work there.
 
2013-04-01 10:26:48 AM
Isn't "grown adult" an oxymoron?
 
2013-04-01 10:49:04 AM

bdub77: And if they break the rules, they should be put in the naughty room and spanked.

 
 
Go on...
 
2013-04-01 10:53:44 AM

freeforever: If you're a grown adult it's kind of sad when you eat lollipops, period.

 
If you're a grown adult it's kind of sad when you make stupid judgments of what other adults eat or drink.  Most people learn to mind their own damn business about these things.
 
2013-04-01 11:36:22 AM
My first reaction was that this is silly, useless micromanaging.
 
But then I thought about it and realized that keeping candy out of the mouth of people whose jobs may require them to help save someone's life by giving clear, intelligible verbal instructions to an emergency caller actually makes sense.
And, while spilling a drink on a $10 keyboard doesn't seem like a big deal, it is, in fact, a very big deal if it disables a work station in the middle of an emergency call.
 
/rules are different in a 911 or 999 call center
 
2013-04-01 01:06:26 PM

bdub77: The more responsible thing would be of course to require them to wear diapers too. 30-minute meal breaks and  15-minute breaks are way too long, they can piss into their pants if they need relief. And if they break the rules, they should be put in the naughty room and spanked.


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2013-04-01 05:05:42 PM

Harry Freakstorm: As long as it's vodak and orange juice, or as I call it, 'breakfast', I'll drink it out of anything he tells me to.

Got a kid here who is an open mouth chewer, belcher and farter. I want to crawl over the cubicle wall, rip his head off, shove it up his a$$ and yell down the neck hole "Decorum, a$$hole, dec-farking-corum!"


YOU'RE HIRED!

*you betcha we have a high mortality rate on my teams for this shiate*
 
2013-04-01 08:24:18 PM

Egoy3k: keyboards cost at most $10 if you are buying them in bulk. I don't think degrading your workers who are doing a skilled job is worth saving a couple of hundred bucks a year, if that much even. The issue is confrontation. We seem to be terrified of it these days so rather than confront the moron who eats a gigantic sub sandwich and tries to talk with his/her mouth full and constantly leaves candy wrappers all over the place they just make it 'policy' and save themselves from having a difficult conversation.  The reasons for this are many but a big one is our complete lack of respect for authority in the workplace. It used to be that your boss was Mr or Mrs Smith and not Dave or Brenda and if they told you to do something you did it. These days you can't even speak sternly to workers without them having to deal with a complaint about hostile work environments or some such nonsense.
 
</rant>


Don't even get me started about kids these days... Yeesh!
 
2013-04-01 08:44:40 PM

unyon: I get the feeling that it's perhaps not as trivial as a few crumbs in the keyboard.


My guess is that someone once spilled on their phone or radio equipment, and couldn't work the rest of the day while the admins scrambled to find and install a replacement.
 
2013-04-01 09:47:17 PM
Combine this with the article about the guy who was spanking his employees and you've got my perfect fetish work environment.
 
2013-04-02 07:24:36 AM

scalpod: Egoy3k: keyboards cost at most $10 if you are buying them in bulk. I don't think degrading your workers who are doing a skilled job is worth saving a couple of hundred bucks a year, if that much even. The issue is confrontation. We seem to be terrified of it these days so rather than confront the moron who eats a gigantic sub sandwich and tries to talk with his/her mouth full and constantly leaves candy wrappers all over the place they just make it 'policy' and save themselves from having a difficult conversation.  The reasons for this are many but a big one is our complete lack of respect for authority in the workplace. It used to be that your boss was Mr or Mrs Smith and not Dave or Brenda and if they told you to do something you did it. These days you can't even speak sternly to workers without them having to deal with a complaint about hostile work environments or some such nonsense.
 
</rant>

Don't even get me started about kids these days... Yeesh!


I'm 29. I manage two departments in a manufacturing plant. Most of the workers who give me shiat are in their 40s and 50s. No it's not just me or my age. The older supervisors and managers get the same treatment. It's not an age thing at all.
 
2013-04-02 09:22:27 PM

zabadu: Isn't "grown adult" an oxymoron?


Actually, it's a redundancy.  Adults are by definition grown. If something is grown, it is by definition adult.

There is no additional information conveyed by using both words; one of them should be removed.

/editor
 
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