Yes when I worked in the Govt...I used to call them my 'mental health days' else I would have gone stark raving mad....those days you knuckled down for hours on the computer with a supervisor up the front keeping an eye out and had to put our hand up to go to the ladies...incredible to think of it now..
Hi Fran, know exactly what you're talking about! Where I worked, our 'toilet breaks' were TIMED! We had to put our work phone on 'idle' & they could do 'print-outs' of every second what you were doing from when you 'signed in' to when you 'signed out'. Apparently, it's even worse now, as calls are 'recorded'. When I was still there we called it being 'micro-managed'. I'm SOOOO pleased I retired when I did! Talk about a stressful work environment! Yuk!
No, not into 'lying'. It's also FRAUD! I always had a Dr's. Certificate. Back in the day, had 48weeks' sick leave in credit! Shame it couldn't be paid out! lol!
Remember many years' ago, a smart young thing 'printed' copies' of Certificates off the Internet, & was handing these in for 'sickies'. Eventually, Company 'cottoned-on' to what had/was happening & she was instantly dismissed! What a silly thing to do!