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03 Jun 2016 00:00
Wasted Youth: “The younger workers are often off task, engaged on social media, on the internet, texting on phones and other unproductive activities.” said one respondent at the Dallas Federal Reserve. (AFP)
On Tuesday morning, the Dallas Federal Reserve released its monthly manufacturing outlook survey, which came in far lower than expected, at -20.8.
A few companies cited the labour department’s new overtime rule that makes more salaried workers eligible for overtime pay as a future headwind for their businesses, many of which are still reeling from the collapse in oil prices.
One company said its younger employees don’t deserve overtime pay because they slack off far too much during the regular workday.
“We have a serious productivity problem with office workers and estimated that less than 50% of their time is spent on value-creating business activities,” wrote one irritated respondent.
“The younger workers are often off task, engaged on social media, on the internet, texting on phones and other unproductive activities.”
The company took a dim view of the overtime rule’s likely impact on its staff, and on the nation.
“The [labour department] must realise that if we are supposed to pay them overtime for work they should do during normal work this will make us have to focus on micromanaging employees and reducing compensation to reflect actual productivity of a mandated 40-hour or less workweek,” it warned.
“All the government regulations and [labour department] rules are doing is making our country less competitive, creating more part-time workers, reducing workers to a max of 35–39 hours, creating divisions and demotivating the top achievers.”
George Pearkes, macro strategist at Bespoke Investment Group, brought these comments to Bloomberg’s attention and highlighted them on the firm’s blog.
“Anecdotal data aren’t data,” he cautioned.
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