why do old people run everything?
March 17, 2009 8:18 AM Subscribe
Am I employed to complete an agreed upon set of tasks or for my time? Building off of that answer can I be fired for being too efficient? Details inside.
posted by anonymous to law & government (32 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
First of all, IANAL, YANAL, YANML and all those caveats.
Second, I'm in Ohio if it matters.
The first question here is more a "larger issue" kind of thing; When someone agrees to be employed by a company in a salaried position is the understanding that you are being engaged by said company to complete a task, for your time or both? Is there any legal framework or guidance about this question on either a federal or state level?
With that in mind, this is my explicit question: I am an overachiever. I work fast. When I took over my current role from the previous person who had it I took what was broken/non-functional and made it great in a short period of time. Not only do I do more than the previous person (lots more) but I do it in far less time. My superiors acknowledge that I'm doing a great job with above average raises, great reviews,etc.
My problem is a surfeit of time. I get all my stuff done and then there's nothing left to do.. so I browse the net. This is more or less frowned on, but not explicitly forbidden. The handbook says that some personal use is acceptable. My bosses unofficial stance on my "excessive" level of use is "don't get caught." This is problematic due to a number of factors, but the main one is traffic outside my cube and no way to really disguise what I'm doing.
So my question is this- can someone who everyone acknowledges is a great employee in official documents (reviews) be fired because they have time on their hands and browse the web when they've been asked not to for lack of anything else to do? If it does happen, is there any legal recourse? This doesn't seem to quite be wrongful termination to me, and this is an at-will state.