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UberGoober
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2/1/2012 | 7:23:28 PM
re: Smartphones: The New Fixture In Bathrooms
Brian, I'm just an IT guy, not HR, but even here in Texas (which has much more reasonable labor laws than you find in the Northeast or West Coast), you have to be careful about firing someone. I know of more than one culprit, though my experience is limited to the men's room, but while 'Knowing is half the battle,' proving is the other half, and if you start tracking people's bathroom habits, you get into a whole 'nother 'ewww' factor. And you open yourself up to an ADA action; imagine the possibilites some lawyer would dream up!

I would love a technical solution to this particular issue, but I while I can keep WiFi out of the bathroom, I can't block wireless data. Even blocking data wouldn't stop the gamers. It is a conundrum.
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1/31/2012 | 10:53:02 PM
re: Smartphones: The New Fixture In Bathrooms
@OldUberGoober - curious - if it is affecting business, aren't the top offenders known?
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1/31/2012 | 8:10:48 PM
re: Smartphones: The New Fixture In Bathrooms
Our company (and I suspect we are part of the large majority) acutally has a significant problem with folks taking their smart phones to the toilet and playing games, surfing the web, and Facebooking. It isn't something you can really police, but an awful lot of time is being wasted. I find it hard to imagine our hourly folks clocking out to go to the potty, but if things get worse, it could come to that. What an ugly picture...


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