The "No phones" rule

By bossproblems - 17/10/2016 18:47 - United States - Orlando

Today, I found out how my salesmen are "entertaining" themselves since they were told they can't have their phones on them. They're pulling straws to see who will pretend to trip and fall face-first onto the floor in front of customers. FML
I agree, your life sucks 10 812
You deserved it 1 517

Same thing different taste

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Nobody said their phones were taken off of them, just that they couldn't carry them on their person. I expect the same of my staff - leave phones away from sales floor, you can play on your break away from any customers like a good adult employee.


I'd probably lose my shit, too, if you separated me from my cell phone. FOMO can be deadly, I think.

You should prank them so they all trip and fall for real. That will show them.

I am guessing they also have a points system for being the most "accident-prone" at work

sounds like it's time to clean house and get some new staff

While it's certainly annoying, I feel you certainly deserve this at some level. You need to treat your employees like responsible adults. That means not taking away their things as if they were misbehaving school children. If phone-use on shifts have become a problem then simply make it clear that it isn't tolerated unless it is an emergency and that they will be terminated if they don't put in an honest effort for their paychecks. Yes, you're paying them so you deserve to get your money's worth out of them, but taking away their phones is definitely not the way to do that. If you treat them like kids, you'll get kid-like behavior out of them.

Nobody said their phones were taken off of them, just that they couldn't carry them on their person. I expect the same of my staff - leave phones away from sales floor, you can play on your break away from any customers like a good adult employee.

Not allowing them to keep their phones on them is another way of taking them away. You're forbidding someone from keeping their property on themselves. I have to agree with this, my last job had the same rule and honestly, unless an employee is constantly playing and distracted by it, it's a stupid rule. It doesn't hurt anything if the phone is on them and they're not using it. We live in a technological world and some companies and bosses need to accept this. I don't want my phone on me at work so I can play games or whatever else. I want it to, check the time, or more importantly, have it in case there is an emergency with any of my family or boyfriend, or I'm also a guardian to my little sister and if she's sick or needs to be picked up from school, she needs to be able to reach me. When I'm at work I will do my job perfectly fine. However, I need to have my phone on me because I have a life outside of work that needs to be able to contact me of it's important. I know companies and bosses don't like to hear this, but I'm a person, not just an employee, and my life outside of work is the priority and always will be.

I am assuming the store phone can be called in the case of an emergency.

Food manufacturing or food sale places in general don't allow unaccounted for cellular devices on the floor for food safety reasons

HighasaCloud 46

#11 If phones are such a necessity, then how is it that people were made aware of emergencies before cell phones? It's an age-old trope; people will swear that something only serves one purpose and find every excuse imaginable for why a pefectly suitable alternative isn't adequate (bonus points for trying to flip it around and act like you are outraged for being mistrusted.) Your place of employment has a phone. You will be paged if there is an emergency. Despite your best attempts to claim it isn't fast enough or to cite possibilities about nobody answering the phone or nobody delivering the message to you, (bonus points for being emotional about an imagined-worst case scenario) you simply can't handle the deprivation of your occasional seeing what's been newly posted or the latest snap from that sexy guy you met the other day. And who could blame you? I mean, anyone would hate themselves when they read a message after work sent 4 hours ago, saying "I have an available ticket for the biggest show of the year! You in? I need a reply within the hour or I will need to ask someone else" Who can't reclaim 5 dollars from their vices to buy a plastic digital watch? And if you nitpick the details, you've clearly missed the point

Redgy22 26

I wonder how the world functioned before cell phones? Oh yeh, just fine.

MikaykayUnicorn 36

Considering they have to "entertain" themselves without their cellphones, I think it's safe to say they don't need to have them because clearly they abuse the right to have them while at work.

I almost agreed with you, but your condescending tone was really unnecessary and then you completely went off the rails at the end.

tounces7 27

The world functioned before modern medicine, too, if you don't mind all the people that died. Just because the world didn't end prior to technological advances doesn't mean that we should give them up now.

Redgy22 26

You're at work. You work. If there's an emergency, I'm sure there's a land line for people to use either to call in or out. No reason to have a phone in your person especially if you choose to play on them rather than work. Time to play "grown up."

Gosh, if only they had another way to pass the, you know, doing their job! We already know there were customers there.

nope being a salesman on a car lot (especially used) means a lot of down time and this time slot is filled w/ salesmen ******* w/ other salesman

You should have them draw straws to see who gets fired first.

looks like a good idea, i might get my coworkers to do the same

give those people back their phones before they start assaulting the mannequins!!