Daily Gazette Makes New Rules For Workers After Bathroom Vandalism
Last week the Daily Gazette in Schenectady cut 10 staff members including 5 newsroom workers. Gawker got a tip about the the reaction from employees at the newspaper and let’s just say, it’s not the best way to react to your company downsizing.
According to Gawker, they received the following message with the new memo for staff about bathroom use:
[H]ere is an email sent to employees of The Daily Gazette in Schenectady… [Gazette General Manager Daniel] Beck sent out the email after the company laid off five employees, about 25 percent of newsroom staff, on Thursday. All of the employees were veterans, some with decades of service. The newspaper is going through some hard times and some workers there are apparently upset with management. The joint is non-union, so people cannot complain without getting fired. Instead, they have been jamming stuff into toilets, causing them to explode and such. Hence this memo.
Even though the toilets exploded last week, this isn’t the first time it’s happened according to the tipster. Now with the new rules in place, needing to “relieving yourself” could result in “relieving yourself of your job” (memo posted below).
It’s almost like being in Elementary school all over again. Maybe the next step will be needing a bathroom buddy so they can have someone watch over you while going to the bathroom to ensure it’s not you creating the problems.
Here’s the memo below that was sent to employees and to Gawker:
May 2, 2013
To: All Gazette Employees and Agents
From: Daniel T. Beck
Re: Building Vandalism – New Work Rules
As you are probably aware, The Gazette has been experiencing ongoing problems with blocked drains throughout our building. Unfortunately, it has been proven to us that these plumbing problems and other acts of vandalism to company property are being perpetrated by our own Gazette employee(s). They occur during evenings, early morning hours and weekends. Repairs and replacement of destroyed property has run into the thousands of dollars. Further, these criminal acts also threaten the health and safety of fellow employees. They cannot and will not be tolerated.
In response, The Gazette will impose the following work rules during weekday evenings and on weekends. Employees are not to leave their designated work areas before, during or after their shifts. Employees are to use the bathrooms associated with their designated work areas and not others in different parts of the building. The Gazette will also install additional video surveillance cameras throughout the building. If you need to leave your work area as part of your duties, check with your supervisor, who will escort you or will make other provisions. Failure to comply with the above rules will be considered cause for disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment. Any employee found to be vandalizing or destroying company property will be immediately terminated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law with restitution of damages sought.
Additionally, a $1,000 reward will be paid to anyone who supplies The Gazette with information that leads to the successful conviction of guilty individual(s). It saddens me to think that a fellow employee would feel compelled to damage company property and inconvenience fellow workers and compromise their health and safety. I apologize for the necessity of imposing the above rules and any inconvenience they may cause but we cannot allow this to continue.