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Old August 14th, 2014, 04:26 PM   #1
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Wondering what others have as a policy at work regarding radio, personal radios, texting, cell phone use, etc... mainly for a non office, shop floor, production environment.

I just changed ours and I might as well announced the apocalypse was tomorrow and had the same reaction.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 04:28 PM   #2
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As long as you are getting your work done, no one gives a shit.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 04:36 PM   #3
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Remind them they are mere pawns in a game, and pawns don't make orders, they follow them. Then tell them to find another job, because you can always find new employees. Then write the most popular guy amongst them up, and ridicule him publicly.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 04:36 PM   #4
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As long as you are getting your work done, no one gives a shit.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 04:38 PM   #5
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I worked in a shop environment for a few years. There was one radio that played 89x through the shop and if you were on your phone you weren't getting shit done. If you didn't want to get shit done you got to go home, unpaid.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 04:45 PM   #6
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Both of our shops have radios playing through them. Better than silence. Cell phones can be used because they come in handy for things we're working on...looking up specs, information, ordering parts, etc.
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Last time I worked in that type of environment you weren't allowed on your phone but you were allowed a radio in your area as long as it didn't cause problems of what you were playing and you were a good worker

That said ALOT of people these days are scared to put the phone down or forget what its like without one. I'm still one who believes there is a time and place for it. I find it nice to walk away from my phone.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 04:58 PM   #8
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Unforunately, my phone IS my job..... I turn it off on weekends and vacations.
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I bring my laptop in, sit around with the radio blaring only turning it down a tad when I'm talking on the phone.

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Old August 14th, 2014, 06:18 PM   #10
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Depends on what kind of shop, if customers or anyone might be offended, then there's a rule.
If not, then it's ok. I.e. no death metal in a shop that most of the customers are old ladies
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Old August 14th, 2014, 06:25 PM   #11
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I work in smaller production shop. No radios or mobile usage on the floor. Unfortunately, we've had a few workplace accidents (missing fingers) in the last five years. As a result upper management is enforcing "no brainer" safety policies to appease OSHA , safety glasses, hearing protection, no radio or mobile phones.
These polices are only enforced during the day when the big shots are walking around. Verbal warnings are issued for ignoring the rule. Maybe a written warning will be issued for repeated violation. No time off. In a past life, I spent 10 years with Ford Motor Co. no radio or phone policy at that time. No body enforced sobriety either.

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Old August 14th, 2014, 06:30 PM   #12
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Some days I'm glad I'm done with production, others, opposite.

Back in the low volume paint production facility it was originally listed that you could use your phone for music purposes or have a small radio with music most could agree with...oh how that was abused so quick.

People would use their phones for everything else, work got shoddy / not done, people started bitchin and blaring the tunes. Nothing like having the customer walk in on N.W.A.'s greatest hits. People almost got ran over or smacked by forklifts because they couldn't hear their horns or were too into the music that they wouldn't use their eyes. Some workers would sing and dance rather than work.

One guy lost his job over the radio. 2 black female workers, who were cool to work with, had the R&B and smooth jazz going usually. The two of them and HR weren't really happy when one guy stated how he was tired of listening to "jigaboo baby making music" all day.
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My works police.... Absolutely no personal electronic devices. We have a radio and it plays 96.5 for the Ninjas in the first haft of the shift, during the 2nd half it's a toss up between any other station. If we bitch about not liking the station the radio goes away for a week and the management is sure that everyone knows who and why.
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Keep it real loud so i dont fall asleep!
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At my shop (metal fabrication), there is supposed to be volume conrtol on the radio. Most of the time it's blasted and multiple stations can be heard across the building. And a no-use at all phone policy, but pretty much not enforced.
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Keep it real loud so i dont fall asleep!
Or you do fall asleep and don't want to be heard.
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Old August 14th, 2014, 07:33 PM   #17
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I work in a large production factory, no radio, and no phone use is allowed. I have my own tool box and keep my phone in top drawer. I use it a little here and there for texting/surfing.
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Most of the larger construction sites do not allow radios, there would be nothing but chaos with 50 different types of music going at once. Smaller jobs like the small boiler replacement I am doing now we can have a radio on but turned low enough to talk over. The Union came out and said NO cell phone use during work hours, but I use mine for a calculator and looking up pdf files on specs and such and have not had any trouble.
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Or you do fall asleep and don't want to be heard.
Im a truck driver. If I fall asleep, it will b heard!
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Old August 14th, 2014, 08:31 PM   #20
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None. We have unrestricted laptops in our vehicles. Smart phones and decent stereos with Pandora. If you hire good people and address problems (i.e. fire assholes) when they reveal themselves shit just works.
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