I heard of a poll asking people how many hours of ACTUAL work their employers expected of them in an 8 hour workday. The answers varied from 5 to 7-1/2 hours. When the same pollsters went to the employers the majority answered with “8 hours”.

There seems to be a disconnect here.

Perhaps this disconnect is the reason the ex-sales coordinator, Emmalee Bauer (no relation to Jack could be found through Google search), 25, of Elkhart, Iowa was fired from her job at the Sheraton hotel company in Des Moines, Iowa. She kept a handwritten journal while on the job and when told to quit writing in it while she was supposed to be working she turned to another option. Her company owned computer.

She typed 300 single-spaced pages worth of journaling on it.

After being fired she applied for unemployment benefits and was denied because of her writings. The journal was shown to Administrative Law Judge Susan Ackerman who said her writings showed a refusal to work and “amusement at getting away with it.” Some examples:

“This typing thing seems to be doing the trick. It just looks like I am hard at work on something very important.” and “I am only here for the money and, lately, for the printer access. I haven’t really accomplished anything in a long while … and I am still getting paid more than I ever have at a job before, with less to do than I have ever had before. It’s actually quite nice when I think of it that way. I can shop online, play games and read message boards and still get paid for it.”


prying1 sez: If you are going to journal at work stick to fiction.

And an extra loud Whoo!Hooo! for Susan Ackerman. Way to go Susan, Your Honor!!!


Thomas S. Brock of Brocklog.net thinks that at this point in time Emmalee bauer is searching for an agent and that the Journal in it’s entirety will soon be available in print for those interested enough to purchase it.


Links to the story: Conservative Voice –The Iowa woman fired for journaling at work

Mens News Daily – Employee Fired For Journaling At Work

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