Monday, July 05, 2010

Dead workers produce nothing

One of the things I loathe about government is the lack of common sense. The East Coast is in the midst of a brutal heat wave. Most offices have common sense dress policies that allow workers in brutal heat to dress sensibly. My office is run by a person whose heartless fixation on rules endangers workers safety. Despite the missery index being well over 100 there will be no relaxation of the dress code. Usually on a Monday in a heat wave about three workers will report to the nurses office with heat exhaustion.

Two years ago I had a blood pressure spike of 175/125 with no history of high blood pressure. Of course working 11 hours in these conditions with a boss yelling non stop and no breaks contributed
to the spike.

Perhaps an employee has to be hospitalized before common sense prevails. Of course if you work in a well air conditioned office this is not an issue. Unfortunately, the air conditioning is shut over the weekend and is not felt until 3. The windows do not open so ventilation is a real concern at work.

Of course the Union will work on this as usual.

3 comments:

The Pagan Temple said...

Beak, you just hit on a big reason why government is inefficient, and as common sense will tell anyone who has enough of it to speak to them above a whisper, the bigger government gets the less functional it becomes.

That's because people are hired based on their ability to strictly follow rules and regulations whenever and however they are implemented. In other words, people are hired for their abilities to be automatons. While there is a need for people who can navigate byzantine layers of bureaucracy and follow its strictures with ruthless ease, it more often than not results in people who are unable to think for themselves. Thus, it is next to impossible for them to adapt to varying situations when it would be most appropriate and necessary to do so.

It's just not in their "rule book".

Always On Watch said...

the air conditioning is shut over the weekend and is not felt until 3. The windows do not open so ventilation is a real concern at work.

Ye, gods! A formula for death!

Always On Watch said...

Despite the missery index being well over 100 there will be no relaxation of the dress code.

Gah! That is just plain stupid!

Even in Christian schools with dress codes, administrations will bend the dress code for a killing heat wave.