Office assistant Edward Greenwood IX was going over some papers at his desk as Bloomberg made the rounds with his photographer, greeting workers and posing for pictures. When the mayor reached him, Greenwood stood, they shook hands and the photographer snapped a photo. But the eagle-eyed mayor - a billionaire former businessman with a certain idea of how offices should be run - noticed Greenwood's game of solitaire glowing on his screen. He said nothing about it to Greenwood but later told an aide to give him the ax. 
 
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Do you agree with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg`s decision to fire this government employee for playing Solitaire on company time?
Office assistant Edward Greenwood IX was going over some papers at his desk as Bloomberg made the rounds with his photographer, greeting workers and posing for pictures. When the mayor reached him, Greenwood stood, they shook hands and the photographer snapped a photo. But the eagle-eyed mayor - a billionaire former businessman with a certain idea of how offices should be run - noticed Greenwood`s game of solitaire glowing on his screen. He said nothing about it to Greenwood but later told an aide to give him the ax.

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16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 2/25/06 - 10:17:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
Bet he wasn't the only one in the Office. Bloomberg was making an example of him because the press was there and some poor dufus lost his job. Hope the Mayor feels big.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 2/25/06 - 10:21:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 2/25/2006 10:17:48 PM uelorn wrote:
Bet he wasn't the only one in the Office. Bloomberg was making an example of him because the press was there and some poor dufus lost his job. Hope the Mayor feels big.

Definitely agree.

I don't, necessarily, disagree with the decison because obviously the man shouldn't have been playing solitate during work hours. Though, I do think Bloomberg was just trying to make an example out of someone, I imagine there were/are MUCH better candidates.

16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 2/26/06 - 4:06:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
This man is being payed by the tax-payers of NYC to play solitaire?
Can his lazy ass.
16 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Friday 3/24/06 - 11:23:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 2/26/2006 4:06:45 PM yankees15 wrote:
This man is being payed by the tax-payers of NYC to play solitaire? Can his lazy ass.

It was probably between busy periods. I don't know about you but most jobs I've been to have had very busy periods followed by periods where there's not a lot to be done.

Besides, if they were going to be like that he at least deserved warning to stop doing it.

Like uelorn said, it was show for the press. I remember one place I worked, when he was showing an important person around he'd start giving us orders to look big. When normally he'd just let us carry on with it.

16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/3/06 - 2:25:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would have fired him. I don't pay you to play games!
16 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/24/06 - 11:36:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
16 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 6/21/06 - 10:38:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
I agree that there are busy periods and not so busy periods during the work schedule. I have them all the time, but because our access to certain things are so restricted at work (no internet, no games, etc.) I'm lucky to sneak an ebook to myself.

Still, I think the dude should have been smart enough to remove the game of solitaire from his screen.

16 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 7/25/06 - 4:59:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's his choice to fire the guy, I wouldn't know.
16 yrs ago - Saturday 9/9/06 - 10:22:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
No.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 10/13/06 - 10:04:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, he should have got a verbal warning.
15 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Sunday 10/22/06 - 7:55:18 AM EST (GMT-5)
Arent they salaried employees? IF thats the case, they are payed to get the job that they are assigned done, not by the hour. If he was getting his work done then firing him for playing some solitare is not nice.

Even if he was hourly, that just means that he needs more work to do.

15 yrs ago, 9 mos ago - Wednesday 11/29/06 - 3:13:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 10/13/2006 10:04:41 AM loveolive wrote:
No, he should have got a verbal warning.

i deffinately agree. he should have told him not to first.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 1/12/07 - 8:18:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
Solitaire is so distracting...
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 1/12/07 - 8:21:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 2/25/2006 10:17:48 PM uelorn wrote:
Bet he wasn't the only one in the Office. Bloomberg was making an example of him because the press was there and some poor dufus lost his job. Hope the Mayor feels big.

I agree.

15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 1/12/07 - 11:22:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^ Same here. Some people abuse their power.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Friday 1/12/07 - 11:27:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
They should fire whomever is in charge of IT which leaves games on the work computers!
15 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 5/3/07 - 2:06:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Solitaire sucks. And he should have gotten a warning.
15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 7/6/07 - 6:43:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
He wasn't doing his job. He should have been fired, although a lot of people get away with it they shouldn't.
15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 7/21/07 - 2:55:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course he shouldn't have been fired, what an over-reaction!

From what i can tell from the above, no one had a problem with the quality of the employees work.

15 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 7/21/07 - 4:51:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 7/6/2007 6:43:15 PM pozo wrote:
He wasn't doing his job. He should have been fired, although a lot of people get away with it they shouldn't.

Actually, you don't know that. A five minute break can greatly increase your productivity. If he was a productive employee, and if the breaks are helping him maintain his productivity, then they should be incouraged. He was just unfortunate enough to be taking a break at the wrong time and made an example of.

15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 8/21/07 - 6:07:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Maddox would say he got off easy...



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