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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 12
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2013-04-01 11:36:22 AM  
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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 08:49:15 AM  
2 votes:
Give the the dispatchers their goddam snacks.
I don't want someone who is hungry and distracted making critical decisions.
2013-04-01 07:37:05 AM  
2 votes:
As a result, the workers are also now experiencing a shocking lack of adverbs.
2013-04-01 07:29:40 AM  
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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 01:47:24 AM  
2 votes:
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 09:24:57 AM  
1 votes:
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 09:14:16 AM  
1 votes:

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.
 
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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 09:08:20 AM  
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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.
 
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2013-04-01 08:42:44 AM  
1 votes:
We have people like that here. We call them PHD's.
2013-04-01 08:32:52 AM  
1 votes:
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2013-04-01 08:01:29 AM  
1 votes:

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 07:51:03 AM  
1 votes:
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.
 
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