I Know Someone Will Get Angry About This.

Playing while you are at work is stealing, just as surely as taking home inventory or putting your hand in the till and lifting a handful of cash.

If you are an employer, and you are paying an employee $25 an hour for 8 hours a day, and the employee is playing on the internet for two hours a day, that is $250 a week that he/she is stealing, from you. How does this make you feel as an employer?

I have been called picky, when I say it is wrong to play on company time. I've heard employees complaining that it is an invasion of privacy for employers to have tracking systems on all of their computers, to monitor the employees work activities.

People have told me that I only feel this way because I'm old. This is not a question of age, but of ethics.

What's wrong with thinking that you should work while you're at work? Is it only people who are over 60 who think that stealing from your employer is wrong?


Serenitree Serenitree
70+, F
2 Responses May 24, 2012

it may be an age thing I was taught to work at work.

Yes, it is called a work ethic. I was taught by my parents at a very early age. My dad hired me to help him at his place of business, for two hours each Saturday morning, when I was just 11 years old; and he insisted that while I was there, I do the job or I could choose to stay home. I couldn't come to work and goof off. I didn't have the job long, because I thought he couldn't fire me because I was his kid. WRONG. And once fired, I stayed fired. That was my first lesson in work ethics. You work at work.

I am self-employed. But maybe I am robbing myself?

I am also self employed, but I have clients. I would never play on a computer while I am supposed to be working.