The color drained from Ben’s face when he was handed the report. His hand shook when he picked it up and scanned the contents. Kroger Express HR kroger eschedule

It was a log of everything he had done on the Internet since the beginning of the year — every website he had visited, every IM conversation he had had, every email he had sent out and received — not only by the company mail but those sent from his Yahoo and Hotmail accounts.

Everything he had said and done on the Internet during the last year lay before him, and it wasn’t a pretty picture.

His boss’ face was expressionless. The HR woman sitting beside him looked grim.

“I’m afraid we are going to have to let you go, Ben,” Mr. Donaldson said at length. “You’ve been wasting company time and resources, and the websites you’ve accessed and the mail you’ve sent and received are, well…”

Ben’s hand shook as he dropped the report on the desk top. He nodded spastically, and for a minute he thought his head might fall off his shoulders.

As if it had been severed by a guillotine.

After they escorted Ben out of the building, Sam Donaldson sighed and looked at the HR Person, Mary Tyler.

“I didn’t like that,” he said. “Ben Morgan was basically a good employee. He was creative and put out a lot of good work.”

Mary shrugged and tapped the edge of Ben’s file on the desktop. “We can’t have that kind of thing going on here. He was accessing gambling sites and his email messages were questionable.”

She left the office, making her way through the line of cubicles in which employees now worked more feverishly than ever. Sam Johnson watched her go, and decided he didn’t like the way the atmosphere of the workplace had changed. He didn’t like what this kind of employee surveillance had done to morale.