I'm glad you don't work for me as well. Let me highlight the key word in my original sentence. 'HABIT'.
'hab·it ' - an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary
Those' type' of people, the 'HABITUAL' job description quoters, know their job description means leaving at 5, so they usually start 'prepping' to leave at 4:30. They know their job description means arriving at 9, so they do, but after coffee, conversing, and getting ready, are more likely to begin around 10:30, or sometimes just prior to going to lunch. And the attitude permeates throughout the day. I'm not saying that MaryElaine, is one, but that's the 'type' of person I was addressing in the statement you quoted. Honestly, I don't feel like paying someone for that 'type' of work ethic. If that offends you, so be it. I work hard for my money and choosing to spend it on that 'type' of employee is not a wise decision.
Generally speaking there are people who are interested in making a company run and people who are interested in making themselves comfortable. The difference is usually evidenced in the cars they drive, the homes they live in and amount of time they spend complaining about both during the day.
The original post said, "The company once employed professionals, but now wishes to save money. I declined, as I have done voice over work professionally in the past and feel it undermines my talent and skill to ask me to provide it without reimbursement."
That is a fairly ambiguous statement. We don't know her level of 'VO professionalism'. It would help if we did. Was her past work 'on hold' messages or National TV spots. If she was 'that' professional, why wasnt' she employed in the original VO work when they were employing professionals? If she was on the clock, making a decent wage at her 'normal' job, maybe for her level of VO talent, she would have been paid fairly. There have been a variety of scenarios painted here and we don't know that any of them are accurate.
My statement was an analogy to a 'work ethic' and nothing more. And the word 'habit' is well defined as 'until it has become almost involuntary'. As the President and Janitor and everything in between for my own company, I only find myself quoting my job description on rare occasions when I balk at doing a particular task. I then have to remind myself the description reads, "Get The Job Done".