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A large chunk of CSC employees hoping to enjoy some time off received word last week that any vacations must be cancelled to help the company meet business goals.

Workers at CSC's San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) found out that there will be no holidays or sick days allowed through the end of the fiscal year, according to docs obtained by The Register. This is the second year in a row that employees have been forced to give up their vacation days to meet lofty productivity goals, and the practice has left a bad feeling in the workplace.

"Apparently, the SDRC have made a bad business forecast, and we loyal worker bees are supposed to rescue them by forgoing vacation," writes one disgruntled employee. "They basically want everyone to take 2 weeks vacation and our 9 holidays and never get sick. Many of us acrue 3 or 4 weeks vacation per year."

The SDRC is part of CSC's Global Transformation Solutions (GTS) organization. The unit was formed to help boost CSC's outsourcing aspirations. But workers in other parts of CSC say that vacation cancellation is a common practice at the company.

An internal memo from a SDRC director reveals how desperate things have become.

The San Diego Regional Center is not meeting our fiscal year productivity and therefore causing a negative impact to the GTS financial objectives. There are some actions that must be taken.

1. Effective immediately, SDRC is freezing all vacations for billable employees through the end of our fiscal year, April 2, 2004.

If you currently have an approved vacation, contact your CTM, Delivery Manager, Captain to establish alternate dates or justify extenuating circumstances. If you are uncertain if you are billable or non-billable, contact your CTM, Delivery Manager, Captain .

2. Please be certain to complete TES accurately each week. And, comply with our policy to report all hours worked.

3. Review your own productivity over the past 9 months. Your CTM, Delivery Manager, Captain can help you with this.

4. Are your labor adjustments, if any, fully executed. Did you miss a day in labor recording and never corrected it.

I encourage everyone to pay particular attention to the details of self management to improve your productivity as part of your daily routine.

I thank everyone in advance for your support in helping this Center and GTS to achieve our goals.

Such polite language for a grinch. The part about taking back already approved vacations is particularly compelling, don't you think? ®

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