Friday, March 23, 2012

The Time Report

Each week someone from HR sends out a mass email listing all those who have not submitted their billable hours in a timely fashion. If you’ve been on the list two weeks in a row, your name goes up in red.

I scan the email for names of people I might know. For my own name. Even though I haven’t been delinquent. You see a list with names on it in red, you check for yours.

It’s long enough so you have to scroll—maybe fifty or sixty names, from practically every department of every agency. The red ones glow with shame. What dramas lie behind them? What pathologies, what turmoil? What does it take to put a name up on the list in red? Divorce? Mental breakdown? Drug addiction?

Probably nothing. But you never know.