Surfing the Web on an employer’s time can get gnarly
An Orange County Worker faces reprimand for non-work related — but fairly common — use
LA Times – Dana Parsons
December 2, 2006
Chris Prevatt seems a little unhappy. Possibly bored. I caught him on a work break in the middle of Friday afternoon, taking temporary relief from a PowerPoint presentation on how Orange County is spending tobacco-settlement revenue. Later in the day, he was scheduled to go to a job site and investigate a complaint that people were smoking inside a company.
“Are you happy at work?” I eventually ask.
“I like the people I work with,” Prevatt says, “but not the fact that I don’t really have anything to do.”
What he means is that he doesn’t have enough to do to fill up the typical workday.
And that may explain, in at least partial detail, how the county employee found himself sideways with his bosses. Any day now, Prevatt expects to be officially reprimanded for using company time to surf the Internet. Another allegation Ã¢â‚¬â€ that he used company time to work on his personal political blog Ã¢â‚¬â€ may or may not figure into things, he says.
In the grand scheme of things, this is pretty small potatoes. Prevatt says he’s been led to believe his bosses aren’t contemplating suspension or dismissal or a job reclassification.
That doesn’t mean he’s happy or will roll over like some whimpering dog.
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