CBS brought back the “Boss Button,” a special online feature on CBS’ “March Madness on Demand” that allows employees to conceal the fact they are not doing their jobs while sitting in front of their computer screens. Last year viewers clicked on the button 2.5 million times. This year the Boss Button is actually sponsored.
Here's how it works: You hear footsteps...you hit the "Boss Button" and the Madness stops. And a nifty-looking, although phony, spreadsheet instantly appears. Whew, that was a close call!
Our economy is in deep recession, bordering on depression. Record numbers of companies are going out of business or declaring bankruptcy. Unemployment is fast approaching 10%. Just what our economy needs: Online tools to help employees do less work and lose more money.
Yes, it’s a joke, but it’s really a short jump from hypothetical worker fraud to actual NCAA transgression. A few years ago, Oklahoma football players hit the figurative Boss Button at a no-show job provided by a booster. The real consequence? They got caught and were booted from the team. The moral: College athletes must do all the heavy lifting. Everyone else can just hit the Boss Button.
UPDATE: I got slammed by The Oregonian blogger, Ryan White, who clearly does not read this blog regularly to know that I sometimes jest. In case there are others who think I am insinuating that the Boss Button might actually cause the world to spin off its axis, please.