At First Choice Court Reporting, we see our jobs as high-stakes. Providing an accurate transcript can be the difference between a million-dollar settlement and nothing, the difference between an innocent and a guilty verdict.
That being said, we understand that some do not see things the same way.
Recently in Racine, Wisconsin, a court reporter was captured on a news segment playing FreeCell solitaire on his laptop while transcribing court proceedings with voice writing.
The reporter in question took exception to becoming a story, replying in a statement: “Buy a transcript. I don’t know what else to say. I don’t tell you how to do your job, and you don’t tell me how to do mine. And if I produce a transcript that is inaccurate, I will hear about it immediately. And I’ve never heard a word, and I’ve been doing this for 15 years.”
Experts Weigh In
Psychologists claim that there are benefits of gaming during work, from reawakening us when the work becomes tedious, to providing stress relief and a feeling of being in control in an otherwise servient role. Longer hours, they say, make it easier and more acceptable to fit in a few minutes of play during the work day. According to Chris Ferguson, a psychology professor who researches video games, explains “Some video games are built to give you a short experience where you can be competent or autonomous.”
Entire companies, too, are embracing gaming as part of their corporate cultures. Google and Facebook offer a wide variety of fun office distractions to motivate workers and build workplace enthusiasm.
We can agree with all those points. A quick round of Candy Crush makes us happy. When we play solitaire with Vegas scoring, it’s fun to see how much imaginary money we’ve won. And if you’ve ever played Words with Friends with other reporters, you’ll understand the benefits of our always-expanding vocabularies!
But we believe that our clients’ work is more important. Proceedings, whether in court or in a deposition, will always take a priority for us. Even though people always speak more slowly than we can type, that is never an invitation to multi-task.