Every now and then, you’ll come across some dense manager who thinks that they’re a business genius for coming up with business strategies that no one else is using… and for implementing policies into the business that they’re surprised aren’t already being followed. All too often, there’s a good reason why these strategies and policies aren’t more commonplace… because—well, they’re illegal.
Still, laws and reason won’t stop some people, who are either too stupid to realize they’re breaking the law or are committed to the idea that they won’t be caught. And these people can become a massive liability to the business if their superiors aren’t aware of what they’re up to.
This worker worked at a casino where employees were required to clock in early and clock out on the hour but weren’t paid for the extra time. You know, the typical kind of behavior that you find from employers in retail and within the service industry—or any of endless employers who consider their time to be precious and yours to be meaningless.
A new manager, a bootlicker “company man” named Dandy, began making employees stay later without pay, causing dissatisfaction among the staff. Luckily, one wise old employee named Maggie encouraged others to clock in and out at the correct times and kept track of the extra time worked as evidence. She reported the issue to the labor department, resulting in the casino having to pay out for all the extra time worked over several years. So, Dandy’s big idea cost the company between $250k and $500k, and he never tried to keep employees late again. It’s safe to say that this gamble didn’t pay off.