As is usually the case whenever volumes drop, management takes steps to cut costs and take up the slack....from hourlies. How are they contributing to cost savings other than talking about it? They're not. Also, rather than it being a case of volumes dropping-off significantly, this time the excuse is that volumes are not matching the projected growth rate. Fine, but that really isn't adequate rationale for a massive campaign to boost productivity levels. Gap Time reports and the like are just another way to push for more while paying the same (low) amount of money. "Justifying" all of this doesn't make it right, but it does give management a talking point that the mentally-challenged will buy...hook, line, and sinker. Add-in your much higher insurance costs this next year and you're getting double-screwed. If you look beyond the premium increases you'll also see much higher deductibles and the requirement that you contact the insurance company to get approval for a referral, not your physician or other provider. Think there's any room for abuse in a system like that? If you don't, you are pretty stupid.