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    While I can't say I always agree with Waldo Pondray Warren's thoughts, I have to admit that this month's selection is a good one. I've been in plenty of offices throughout my career and have witnessed more time wasting than I should have. It's clear to me there are certain people who not only loaf but keep others from doing their jobs as well. Just a word to the wise: you're being paid to work, so WORK.

Gregg Speed Building, Gregg Publishing Company, 1932, p 82-83

Wasting Time
          The employee who is inclined to waste time, whether by arriving late in the morning, by quitting actual work before closing time, or by unnecessary inactivity during the day should look at the matter once in a while from the employer’s stand point.  When this is done fairly and squarely, there will be less murmuring because of any strict time regulations made by the employer.  And with employees who are conscientious, there will be less disposition to waste time by tardiness or loafing.
          An employer recently explained to me just how the matter looked from his point of view.
          “Suppose,” he said, “a employee wastes 10 minutes a day.  That is an hour a week or 52 hours a year.  A week with us has 50 working hours in it.  So you see the man who wastes 10 minutes a day wastes a week a year.  If I had only one employee, I might not mind it but, as I have over 300, it means that I have to pay for 300 weeks’ service that I did not get.  And furthermore, 10 minutes waste time is a very low estimate.  Many a fellow punches his time on the clock all right, prides himself on his punctuality record, and then wastes perhaps an hour a day idling around.  Loafing is more or less contagious and so the idler wastes not only his own time but unconsciously influences others to do the same.”—Waldo Pondray Warren

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