I’m not really mad enough to put this in the Pit, but I am kind of confused…maybe a little angry.
I work at a factory that makes flexible circuits. We have a break room that has two bulletin boards. One is for the company to post general memos and the usual stuff companies have to post, like those posters that tell you what the minimum wage is. The other bulletin board, until today, was for the employees to use to post general announcements. Usually, the people who used them would be selling something…their car, their house, old furniture, etc. There were also sometimes announcements from the company that they were offering discount tickets to some local event. Recently, a poster went up announcing that the company was giving out discount tickets to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. This bulletin board was in the back of the room…visible, but not obnoxiously so, IMO.
Today, I went to lunch and noticed that every notice had been cleared from that bulletin board except for the one about the Renaissance Festival. A memo was also there, telling us that they were getting rid of all the employee-use bulletin boards in all the plants. The president of the company had been taking customers (big-wigs from the companies who buy from us) on tours of our plant lately and apparently was embarrassed when they came through our break room at how “unprofessional” this bulletin board looked! I suppose I can understand that we need to look good for the customers, but…why take customers through an employee break room in the first place? (The building does have a rather poor design, and there are a couple of conference rooms that are only accessible through the break room, so maybe he had to take them through there. I think, though, if he was really embarrassed by us plebians wo happen to work for him, he could have avoided it.)
Also, since it is a break room…how “professional” does a bulletin board have to look? I never saw anything that could be considered the least bit offensive posted there. Every company I have worked for has had a bulletin board like this. I’ve never used them much, but…it’s an employee “perk” that costs next-to-nothing. I would guess that most companies have something similar. Why get rid of it? Why would a big-wig be offended by something that most likely exists in their own company (perhaps hidden a little better by a better building design, but still…)
I wonder what this means. I wonder if I’m making too big of a deal about this. Perhaps companies all over have gotten rid of such bulletin boards long ago, and this is just a sign of the times. Of course, they’ve just completely messed with our health insurance so most people are already mad, and they recently fired all the temps, which kind of makes me nervous. What’s up? Any ideas?