Having a policy doesn’t justify its relevance. When you signed an agreement with your employer, it was mentioned that you would not violate any company policy. But isn’t it a very vague clause in a legal agreement? What happens when you find out that the policy is impractical, unjust?
You put effort into the organisation and in return, it compensates you for the work done. Time has a very relative role to play here as your efficiency is different from anyone else. A task that you can do in 15 minutes might take 10 for some or 30 for many. When all employees are getting paid equally at a certain level, the division of tasks is also to be equal. When two people are doing same task, they might consume different amounts of time. How then can someone be accused of doing a wrong thing when one completes their work in fewer hours? How then can one threaten to take action against an employee if their average working hours are less than 9 hours and 15 minutes? They have done the same thing as anyone else only in lesser time. Are we being paid for our time or our work?
Moreover, the idea is impossible to sustain. If I give 9 hours and 15 minutes every day to my office, and leaving aside an average of one hour for commuting – both up and down, at my own expense – I am left with 13 hours and 45 minutes. Seven hours out of these are reserved for the sleep that an average human requires for proper functioning. With only six hours and 45 minutes, I need to take care of brushing my teeth, shaving, showering, excreting, relaxing, spending time with my family, shopping for groceries, cleaning a lot of things, arranging food for dinner or, if lucky, preparing it.
Since it becomes too hectic, we shift everything to the weekend. As a result, we get affected. We eat stale food, we delay medical check-ups to Saturdays, we postpone cleaning to the weekend and live in a bacteria breeding environment. We postpone going to the relative who recently lost someone, we postpone living healthy because we are too tired to do the chores of these seven days in just two days.
What do we call it if there is no work at hand and still I’m kept in a prison from where I cannot think about myself, the society I live in, the environment I am a part of. Is this not destroying the possibility of doing something for the country, for the world? An employed citizen of any country only remains the citizen of that corporation.
People say that you can do freelancing if you want money for work, but what about others who have to sell their time? Why should the idea of living a quarter life even exist? I would do what I like to do, what I can do, what I want to do and as in any civilised state, I should get reimbursed for it. But what happens when the system starts exploiting you, harassing you, enslaving you in the chains of the monetary system?
‘We’re paying you and we’ll make you work every moment I pay for’. Shouldn’t that change to: ‘We put in effort to do your work; definitely you should pay me for it’? Shouldn’t that be the case in a society which is supposed to be free, democratic and humane?