I'm just going to ramble
I believe that when you are at work, you ar there to work, period! That means no personal business on company time. If you have to make a personal phone call or attend to personal business, do it on your coffee and lunch breaks. I also don't believe in personal phone calls unless it's a dire emergency. "Mom where are my shoes." or "Hi Honey. How is your day going" do not qualify as emergencies.
So far as business equipment on personal loan to you, yes I think an employer has every right to monitor it's usage. It is after all given to you for business purposes, not for pleasure.
So far as who does what in the office, I feel that should be determined at the start of hiring and tweaked as time goes on with more or less responsibility given if warranted.
Personally emptrying trash cans should be up to the cleaning personel, but if there is no cleaning personel, then each person should be responsible for emptying their own trash cans. So far as vacuuming and major cleaning like the bathrooms etc. The owner should be making arrangements for that to be done and not depend on his employees to do that as part of their work time, unless of course it was decided upon hiring that that would be part of the job.
I get so mad when I'm at work and I see someone who is sitting around making or taking personal phone calls or going off on "5 minute" smoke breaks and then taking their regular breaks too.
I actually reported a group of nurses to the nursing supervisor, on a particular ward I worked because most of them smoked and every 45 minutes to 1 hour they were going outside for a 5 minute smoke break which were more like 10 or 15 minutes by the time they get downstairs and outside and back inside again. I was left alone on the ward looking after 6 step down patients as well as up to 20 other cardiac patients.
Plus they took their regular 2 hour break. When we work 12 hours we get a total of 2 hours for our break. On nights we often take it all at once so that we can go and sleep. Their smoke breaks added up to 2 hours or more per 12 hour shift. Add that to their regular 2 hour break and that was 4 hours they were goofing off for and getting paid for, while I was on the ward covering for them. If they wanted to use their break time to smoke, fine, go every 1 hour for 10 minutes and have your smoke, but consider that your break!!!
There was another woman on the gyne ward that claimed she couldn't leave the ward when I was there because I was a "float nurse" and didn't have the mega experience that a gyne nurse would have
I told her that I'm not a new grad and have worked a great deal with gyne patients and ante partum patients and in the unlikely event that something went wrong, I am quite adept at picking up the phone and paging or calling a doctor. But she insisted that she couldn't take a break so she always put in for overtime. I thought it was just when I was there that she did that, but she said it to other nurses too, even the maternity float nurses. However, while she claimed to not take a break, she would sit in the back room with a pillow and blanket. She would eat, knit and then put her head down on the pillow and sleep for an hour. Then put in overtime saying she didn't get a break. I reported that too and the supervisor put a stop to that in short order after talking to others who verified what I said.
There was also another time when I worked on a particular ward. I run a tight shift. I get out of report, go and get my morning or dinner time pills ready. Then I go off to see my patients. I take in a blood pressure machine with me and while I'm doing their blood pressure I listen to their chest, question them about bowel habits and anything else I need to do, and I chart it right then and there. That takes me about 10 minutes and by the time I leave that room I have done 90% or more of my charting. All that I have left to chart is any further blood pressures, or dressing changes or anything out of the ordinary like a request for pain medication or something. And I chart that as I do them instead of leaving it to the end of the shift to do. I always, always got out of work on time when I worked on that ward because I would sometimes cut my break short if I knew I would be busier than usual and I would rather miss a break than end up staying after shift at midnight.
However, there were a great deal of young, lazy nurses who would prefer to socialize, chat on the phone, talk on forums, or download computer games instead of doing their job. So while I was out there busting my butt for my patients and getting all of my work done and going home on time, they were sitting around socializing, take extended breaks and then putting in for over time because they hadn't done any of their charting.
The manager called me in and told me that there were complaints about me always getting off work on time and that everyone else was staying behind and doing my work! I laughed at her. I told her exactly how I run my shift and that if anyone was staying behind putting in for overtime it's because they sat around most of the shift socializing, talking on the phone or playing computer games and then having to put in for overtime because they ran out of time on their shift to get their work done. I told her that she called in the wrong person and that she should have been calling in those who always have to put in overtime on their shifts, not the one person who seems to be able to get their work done and rarely has to pull over time to do it.
My parents instilled an excellent work ethic in me, and I know that as a boss I am a tough person to work for because I expect the same dedication to the job as I am prepared to put in myself. In fact when I'm in charge at work, if someone gets a personal phone call I take a message and when I see the person I pass it along...usually on their break. I don't run around looking for them to tell them they have a phone call. I'm there to work, not play secretary for my co-workers.