Montana Public Health Department Loses Games

Andy Chalk

One Flag, One Fleet, One Cat
Nov 12, 2002
Montana Public Health Department Loses Games

Employees at Montana's Freecell []during downtime at work following complaints both for and against the presence of Windows games on workplace computers.

According to a Minesweeper []. The games had been on the division's previous computers, and some employees complained about their absence. Assuming the Department's other computers had the games, and wanting to ensure everyone was treated fairly, Division Administrator Lonnie Olson decided to put the games on the new computers.

But an anonymous tipster contacted the Helena Independent Record [] to criticize the decision, saying, "If state employees have time to play computer games, then there are too many state employees. As an employee in the private sector, I would run the risk of losing my job if my boss caught me playing games on my computer."

A reporter then sent an inquiry about the matter to the Department Director, who decreed that all games would be removed from all computers. "It sends a clear message that computers are not to be used for non-work activities," Public Health and Human Services Director Joan Miles said in the Department newsletter. "We want all employees to understand that state computers are for work purposes and not entertainment."

Deputy Director Sheryl Olson added that playing games at work is an inappropriate use of state employees' time, saying, "To me, the broader policy is nobody should be playing games on state computers. We're at work to work. Why is this even a question? Who has time to play games?" She also suggested employees who liked to play games during their lunch hours should "take a break" and find something else to do.



New member
Jan 21, 2008
To hell with this. Can't these people use DS's in their lunch break. Really, if they work in public sector (which I'm assuming pays somewhat similar to the Australian sector), they can afford AUD$180 + a few games from their pay checks. Or better yet, Solitare can found installed on certain mobile phones.