Turning off that company phone is good. I knew a guy who was, I think, approaching Wallyâ€™s level of work avoidance. He collected dead AAA batteries to put in his company pager. The boss would page him and heâ€™d not respond. When the PHB complained about his lack of response, heâ€™d reply, â€œWell, hereâ€™s my pager. You look at it and tell me whatâ€™s wrong.â€ PHB would put new batteries in and test to make sure it was working. When the weekend came, the guy would slip in another set of dead batteries. PHB never caught on. This was the one guy they never could tap for weekend overtime.
I have a colleague who worked 8 to 14 hours a day while on Paid Time Off to fix a new subsystem that was migrated into production during a code freeze. She spent the week between Christmas and New Year's working at home while her husband and children went to visit relatives.
Her boss, the guy who authorized the exception to the code freeze, got a $15,000 bonus for delivering a subsystem in time, and told everyone how he used part of it to go on a wonderful cruise with his wife.
My colleague got a $500 bonus, the maximum allowed for her rank, for approximately 75 hours of work and lost 5 days of PTO as company policy does not allow carryover.
This was not even my colleague's project, she was handed the production issues because she is the only one in her group who did not turn off her company phone while on PTO.
Dont forget the Ping Pong table you were encouraged to use at first to *rest your innovative mind*, but then discouraged later after new managers who were not part of the start-up come in and say *we are too busy* because the first blush of start-up era orders have died off.
That Ping Pong Tournament trophy sits atop your file cabinet, mocking what once was.....