A new manager sets a different quitting time: workers accumulate 2,000 hours of overtime
Each workplace has rules that need to be respected, and to which employees are subject after signing a work contract. There are very specific reasons behind having certain rules - or at least that's how it should be. When there are changes, however - especially in the administration or in management - there is always the fear that something could change the balance. In fact, this is precisely what happened at a factory, where after 10 years, the employees' work hours were changed - to their detriment. But later, they found an ingenious way to "get revenge" on their new boss.
An employee detailed the story on Reddit, revealing how a new rule imposed by the company's new manager ultimately backfired. As a rule, the employees of this company finished work at 3:30pm after turning off the machines, cleaning their workstations and taking a shower. Once all done, the employees left the building at 4 pm, as regulated. The problem arose with the arrival of a new manager:
“A new factory manager arrived recently and was annoyed when he found that the workers stop working 30 minutes early to clean their stations and change their clothes. He called a company-wide meeting and told us to only stop working at 4pm".
The employees followed the new rule, fully aware that it would backfire in the long run. Indeed, a fundamental detail - which seems to have been overlooked by the newcomer - was that the workers must leave the building by 4 pm: all the time spent inside the factory after 4pm was considered overtime. As a result, in the following three weeks, the workers turned off their machines at 4 pm and worked overtime to clean their work benches and take a shower, spending about 40-60 minutes a day to do so. So, what was the result?
"Today the new manager discovered that over 100 people have racked up 20 hours of overtime, totaling 2,000 hours of overtime."
How is the new manager going to justify the fact that the company has clocked up 2,000 hours of overtime when, for the past ten years, this has never been needed?