Last week, management summoned us to the cafeteria to hand out brand-new employee manuals. After reading it, I don't think anyone will make a movie about it. You can't get any better than "Office Space".
The Cliff's notes edition is this: make sure we employees weren't cheating the company out of anything with our 10-hours-of-work-for-8-hours-of-pay efforts. For example, take the new rule for hourly employees concerned overtime.
In the past, if someone worked over eight hours in a day, they received time and a half pay for those few minutes over eight hours. Since it has been over seven years since they've had a pay raise, this little bit of overtime money helps many families as you can imagine.
The new rule is that a worker will get overtime but only after putting in over 40 hours in a week. Oh, as it was repeatedly mentioned, this new procedure was not a cost-cutting decision.
Naturally, there has been a little rumbling amongst the troops. So today, management summoned only the hourly people to the cafeteria. Our gracious overlords expressed sympathy over the change in the overtime procedure. "Not a cost-cutting measure, we just following guidance of the law." Then, in a spirit of generosity, our CFO announced a pay raise for our hard-working, time-clock-punching workers! After seven long years of dedicated effort, this $36 million a year company has blessed all 35 of its hourly coworkers with … wait for it … a $0.25 an hour raise in wages. I don't know about you but, as my friends drive to work, I'm sure that quarter will certainly put a dent in their gasoline and food bill.
Surprisingly, there was no standing ovation. No one jumped up on their chairs and roared the company's name in cheers of admiration. At the end of the meeting, everyone quietly walked back to the workstations and considered their future employment options.