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“What will you give up, just to get some work?”

by Rob Friesel

Timely(?) article on that basically boils down to a “where does it end?” question on personal privacy vis a vis employment.

I would never consent to a contract with verbiage like:

I understand that my employment may be terminated [if I test positive], if I refuse to consent to testing or to a search, [or if it looks like I cheated the test]

…and yet somehow in my naive “must-hang-on-to-job-for-dear-life” frame of mind, I agreed to take on-call rotations. Meaning that I essentially

  • surrendered my “home as sanctuary” status
  • completely de-valued any “extra” or out-of-office work that I might have otherwise chosen to do
  • agreed to take on stress in excess of what I think I can handle
  • did not think through the series of ethical conundra that comprise “after hours technical support”

As I type this, the little black company-issue Motorola rings. And my relaxing evening after a full day of work plunges me right back into the colon of hell.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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