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Why is it that managers and people who work locally, can get away with taking long lunch breaks when those of us who commute can't. If I'm out at lunch that little bit longer I get the "angry eyes". You know, that dissatisfied look from the boss, with a glance at the clock and a small sigh... Surely everyone's lunch break entitlement should be the same?
Where I work, we've got fairly strict working hours, i.e. 9:00 to 17:30 with no flexi-time. So when a girl here showed up at 9:03 she got a "Good Afternoon" comment from the boss, but of course he'll be running his errands as much as he likes. There's absolutely no consistency around here.
For example, right now he's gone to pick up his car from the garage, combined with a business lunch of course. Woe betide the foolish employee who strays from his or her desk for an extra five or ten minutes though!
... one rule for management and another rule for the rest of the slaves.
It's always a case of one rule for management and another rule for the rest of the slaves. I wish I could say that it's just the company I work for now, but it's actually the same story with other companies I have worked for.
Companies and I guess management really need to be a bit more consistent in their approach to staff lunch breaks. Lunchtime is quite often the only time available to get some things done such as go to the bank, pick up a present or drop off some dry cleaning.
They need to be more flexible, but it needs to be across the board. The same rules and degree of flexibility should apply to everyone who works for the company, not just a few individuals.