In Australia's major paper. The commenst are interesting at the bottom. Certainly alot of self worth around how hard one works!
the working epidemic downunder(6 posts)
I can't really relate to that having not worked for years. I know I did more than the standard 40 hours for the most part and was salaried so no overtime, but I enjoyed the work so didn't consider extra hours a hardship.
It cut both ways to, I could leave early or get in late, as long at it balanced out about right.
There is quite a lot of not very subtle pressure on people to work longer hours than they are paid for. I like my daughter's response to a demanding boss.
"There are only so many hours in my working day, what is your top priority?"
"All of them"
"There are only so many hours in my working day, what is your top priority? If you don't want to tell me, then I'll make my own judgement."
To my way of thinking expecting people to work more hours than they are paid for is stealing, just as if the employee turns up late or leaves early is stealing from their employer if they don't make it up at another time.
Hi Grey nomad - sounds liek your experience was nicely balanced...
Grandmother - I agree. The expectation is what is wrong. You are either paid for the work or you go home. Simple!
People are working unpaid extratime more than the equivalent of their annual leave.....so in essence working equivalent of 365 days a year...
I work at least one free hour a day, by arriving earlier and getting out latter. The job needs it. I don't like it. I try to reduce it as much as possible. I also sometimes 'steal' back some of the time when I can. But just getting out on time is not a sane choice to me. I did it in the past in another place I worked, where I also never smiled to bosses because they didn't deserve it. It worked just to make my life a hell. Now I am so false that you can't tell when I'm telling the truth. Much better this way. I'm sorry for the jobs that people could have and I'm 'stealing' by staying longer, but I don't want hell again. I'm also working hard on not being so productive and also on appearing to be busy.
To a boss that says that everything is a priority (so nothing is), you just follow this rule of thumb: you do first what he asked last. Stick to that. You can't get better than this on dealing with them.
Oh, bigato, that is a perfect rule-of-thumb!
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