I Had A Job Like This Once

Judge denies unemployment benefits to woman who was fired from her job for keeping a journal detailing her efforts to avoid work

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An administrative judge has denied unemployment benefits to a woman who was fired from her job for keeping a journal detailing her efforts to avoid work.

Emmalee Bauer, 25, of Elkhart, was employed by the Sheraton hotel company as a sales coordinator in Des Moines. While on the job, she kept a handwritten journal. A supervisor told her to stop writing on company time, but instead, Bauer wrote her journal, all 300 single-spaced pages, on her work computer.

In the journal, portions of which were introduced during a recent hearing regarding Bauer’s request for unemployment, Bauer describes her efforts to avoid work.

“This typing thing seems to be doing the trick,” she wrote. “It just looks like I am hard at work on something very important.”

Bauer also wrote: “I am only here for the money and, lately, for the printer access. I haven’t really accomplished anything in a long while … and I am still getting paid more than I ever have at a job before, with less to do than I have ever had before. It’s actually quite nice when I think of it that way. I can shop online, play games and read message boards and still get paid for it.”

In her journal she speculated it could someday be published.

Bauer was fired for misuse of company time after a supervisor discovered the journal late last year.

Administrative Law Judge Susan Ackerman denied Bauer’s request for unemployment last week, saying she the journal demonstrated a refusal to work, as well as Bauer’s “amusement at getting away with it.”

I once had a job like this. They didn’t want me to work and actually preferred I goof off and simply look busy. I absolutely hated it and tried to work anyway.
A lot of people took advantage of the situation, and still do, to this day.  I was making over $50k doing nothing, if I was still there, I’d be somewhere in the high $70’s by now.  Goofing off.

It’s a sign of the cultural decay. Executives can play golf, jet set and hang out doing whatever it is that they do, pulling down multi-million dollar incomes every year, but the rank and file are supposed to work. Her mistake was obvious, but it’s probably not what you think.

No, it’s not the journal.  Guess again.  It’s not the unemployment claim. Guess again.

Give up?

She should have been the supervisor.


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2 thoughts on “I Had A Job Like This Once

  • January 28, 2007 at 2:44 am

    What is even worse, is when people with meaningless jobs sit around believing that they have the most important job in the world.

    This is the reason why I want to steer away from office jobs, although my education in a way dictates that. Rotting in an office, isn’t a life in my opinion.

  • January 28, 2007 at 7:57 am

    #1, I agree completely. After awhile in a job like those described, some people seem to think that their time is actually worth the amount they’re being paid and that they have some kind of special ability that got them there and it seems to go to their head.

    They get quite a shock when they have to look for a new job if the familiar relationships that got them where they were aren’t in place anymore.

    I suppose that’s why the ones that know they’re fooling everyone and probably couldn’t even handle a job flipping burgers spend their spare time at work not playing Solitaire, but networking to make “friends” and find their next opportunity. In large organizations, some of these people hop from short-term assignment to short-term assignment, where each assignment brings a new set of people that don’t know how incompetent they are. When they figure it out, the incompetent moves on to the next short-term assignment…

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