You know times are tough when a company keeps track of how much time its employees spend in the restroom.
Last week The Detroit News reported that management at Ford Motor Co.s Michigan Truck Plant in Wayne, Mich., is cracking down on employees who spend too much time heeding natures call.
Contractually, employees are allowed up to 48 minutes per shift for bathroom breaks. That seems fair.
A couple of longtime suppliers to Ford calculate that the restroom breaks add about $165 to the cost of each Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUV produced at the Michigan Truck Plant, assuming every worker uses the full 48 minutes.
In case you wondered, the suppliers also calculate that reducing toilet time by just three minutes per worker per shift would save more than $10 per vehicle.
It may not seem like much, but Ford supervisors at the plant intend to monitor how much time workers spend on bathroom breaks.
Makes you wonder how much that will cost, doesnt it?
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