Post # 1
Question for all here. I feel like a lot of us are committed to these “40” hour work weeks (or more) but we don’t neccesarily need that many hours to do our jobs. Many of us do this without question because we want to be considered “full time” and be able to participate in things like heathcare, retirement plans, vacation time, etc. I start to wonder if I would be more productive if I were able to set my own schedule as long as I completed the tasks in my workplan. Furthermore, I wonder what I would be able to do if I had extra time where I was not contracted to physically be somewhere and could do other things. I think I would be more likely to volunteer, get to the gym more often, among other things.
On any given day I probably spend 1-2 hours without noticing it checking facebook or reading buzzfeed articles because I don’t have something that is a pressing deadline. It’s 4:30 EST and I’m really done for the day, but if I leave even a minute early I can feel the steam coming from my boss’s head….
Anyone else agree or disagree?
Post # 2
I think it’s much more common for professional folks to wish they had more hours to get their work done and not fewer. Not that anyone is rushing in favor of a 50- or 60-hour work week, mind you. Just seems that for every person I encounter with too much down time at work, I find 5 more who are triple-multi-tasking to make their deadlines and wishing there was some way to fit it all in.
Post # 5
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Meant2Bee: Well I’m here 40 hours/week because someone has to answer the phone… or you know, wait for it to ring since I’ve been doing for the last hour.
Post # 6
Horseradish: My husband is defintely in the category! He is often logging on to his comptuer well after his work hours. I have tried to counsel him on how to better manage his time but it’s a work in progress. I am slightly obessive complusive about timing things out. I am going back to school in August and have already completed the orientation for the new hire who we haven’t even started advertising for…
Post # 7
mchitt329: We have someone work part time in answering the phones and just use the automated answering system the other half of the time.
Post # 8
Meant2Bee: totally agree. I mean I suppose I have enough to do that I could work the regular 40 hours a week but for the most part my day consists of 5-6 hours of actual work. LOL
I’d also be totally ok with a 4 day work week. Hump day should be optional!
Post # 9
Um, I say yes because I don’t know anyone who works 40 hour weeks and gets off work exactly at 5 or 5:30. Often people even take off before their designated clock out time and then no one is there to answer my calls. It’s kinda frustrating because it also seems like gym classes are designed for stay at home wives/moms and people who don’t have to work past 5. I have to haul butt to get everything done in time to get to a 6:30 pm exercise class.
ETA: I don’t think I addressed your question exactly. What I meant to do was complain that I wished that it was a requirement that I only have to work 40 hours.
Post # 10
I think it depends on where you work. 40 hours is what I need each week at LEAST to get my work done. I often work 44-45 each week, and have no problem with it. I do get to work in a lax atmosphere, where I can leave an hour or two early if I need to and stay late the next day. I can also come in late if I need to, as long as I make up the time.
Post # 11
StephieBee: That would be wonderful…I feel quite BOXED into my 8 – 5 schedule. I would LOVE to be able to come in at 7AM and leave early if I need to or vice versa. There are defintely times when I need all 8 hours of my day and then there are times when I don’t.
Post # 12
I used to have a boss that wanted me to stay as late as he did, on the chance that he would need me for something. Sometimes that meant 9 or 10 PM, or even much later if there was a deadline. Those are the dues you have to pay when you are just starting out.
Post # 13
Currently, I’m a summer associate and work anywhere between 35-60 hours a week, depending on the week. My office doesn’t value face time, and even when I am there for a full day, no one notices. We use skype, conference calls, and email chains often, but as a young person who is supposed to be learning a lot this summer, I wish all the senior counsel were in the office at least 7 hours a day!
I think many offices are changing and becoming more flexible, especially for senior staff, and it’s not necessarily a good thing. I do like that I can go to a 3pm spin class, get my nails done at 11am, or make a local cafe my office for a few hours a day though. It breaks up the monotony of the work day.
Post # 14
At my current position, I could absolutely get everything done in part time hours. I definitely do not need to be here 40 hours a week. My position is also new, so they’re trying to figure out what tasks can be passed on to me, so I get that, but I’ve been here since the end of April, and could probably have fit everything I have been tasked with, into 1 week :/
I’m not opposed to working 40 hours/week at all, as long as I have enough to keep me busy. Until then, WB, FB, and other random websites have been my best friend.
If I could still get all the benefits of full-time hours and still work part-time, I would absolutely do that. Especially in the summer when all I want to do is go outside and not be stuck in my windowless office.
Post # 15
Meant2Bee: I don’t need 40 hours to do my job, but I need 40 hours to pay my bills.