phone it in (third-person singular simple present phones it in, present participle phoning it in, simple past and past participle phoned it in)
1. (Should we move(+) this sense?) to choose to deliver a message by telephone when etiquette demands the effort and respect conveyed by in personcommunication
2. (idiomatic) To fulfill a responsibility with a minimum effort rather than the appropriate level of effort. [quotations ▼]
3. (Should we move(+) this sense?) to make an unseemly timid performance; to be restrained and timid when strident action is called for
Yeah, sounds good to me. I’m on a mandatory vacation from work this week. Not “Jim Flowers” mandatory, but more like “Use up all of your remaining vacation hours by the end of the year or lose them. Yes, that’s an ultimatum,” mandatory.
At the company, we the exempt get a certain number of hours of PTO awarded to us each month. PTO stands for “Paid Time Off”. I think most places allow you to carry some number of PTO hours over into the next year for a certain amount of time. Something like “No more than 40 hours may be carried over.”
But the company says no. The company would rather you go into debt. You can borrow up to 40 hours you haven’t yet earned. I think this coincides with the number of hours your paycheck is held back. That way if you quit, the company doesn't have to do the awkward "You owe us some money" thing. Anyway, it doesn’t really matter to me. I have to take the time off, so I do.
This is a fairly recent policy change at the company. They used to let people just build up vacation hours forever and ever. But when they were trying to polish the company up to sell it, this was seen as a huge liability.
There were several transitions to the current “no carryover” policy to get everyone a chance to use up their vacation hours. The most popular method among managers was to tell employees not to worry about it. A couple of years ago, I was not “allowed” to take PTO (it has to be approved) but promised that even though I would lose somewhere around 100 hours, my manager would make it right “off the books.”
So yeah, I got screwed pretty hard on that deal. What was cute was the next time it happened and a V.P. tried to pull the same shit. I asked for some sort of written documentation. I was told that would not be possible, since it is against policy. I was so sad about this happenstance that I had to take a few days off to think about it. It was the second time I had been told I had to use up PTO, but that I could not. I ignored the “could not” part.
This year however, all of my managers insist that everyone gets the PTO they deserve. That’s why I’m off through the end of the year. That’s also why I’m phoning it in today.
Thanks for finally getting your shit together - managers of the company.