Monday, May 4, 2009

The Little Things Add Up

The economy is in the crapper right now. The government is running around like a trillionaire chicken with it's head cut off, spewing money from it's gaping neck wound. Like many companies, my employer is looking for ways to save money.

They've reduced staffing, delayed acquisition and maintenance of equipment, and reorganized departments. Lately we've received a flurry of e-mails requesting employees change the way we go about doing business.

They want us to stop dialing directory assistance from company telephones.

They want us to use the Internet to look for telephone numbers. Apparently, we have been spending unknown tens of dollars calling directory assistance. Calls to directory assistance are going to break the back of my company. The situation is so dire, they have rewritten policy to prohibit the use of directory assistance.

Not a problem. As long as they don't restrict my internet access.


brian said...

hey, wait a sec...before you criticize, do the math:

Directory assistance is about 43 cents per call, times the ten calls per year that people actually dial it...

carry the 7...

That's $430,000 per year savings!

dean said...

I can't remember the last time I used "Directory Assistance."

TimB said...

Brian, you do math like a conservative talk radio commentator trying to figure out what each taxpayer's share of the stimulus package will be.