(Closed) overtime/working from home (rant)

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m the total opposite of you. Personl and work are very entertwined for me and I love it. I’ve been with my company nearly 7 years and my pay has nearly tripled in that time and they are like a second family to me.

There have been times something urgent has come up at 9 PM – but there have also been times I worked on personal stuff during the day. They allowed me to move 3 hours away from the office and keep my job and work from home. When someone in my company died, they kept paying his salary to his wife for at least 6 months. When a coworker died of breast cancer, the CEO was as the funeral. 

For me, sometimes putting in extra hours is SO worth it. I do it because I love our mission and the people I am helping when I work extra. And if I need to take an afternoon off to do something personal – no problem. 

I totally understand keeping stuff separate. I am not trying to convince you otherwise. What I am saying is I think there are different types of jobs and companies for different type of people. I was at a horrendous company I hated before this one – just not the right fit. I wish everyone the same happiness with a job that I have – whether it is a very separate job that you do and then go home and get fulfillment elsewhere, or if it is a job that becomes entertwined with your life. Neither one is right or wrong – just right or wrong for you.

Post # 4
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6355 posts
Bee Keeper

I agree with you OP.

Part of it is that employers are taking advantage of a bad job market to push employees further than what they’d normally tolerate. Another thing that’s coming into play is many employees being constantly “wired” with smartphones. Some bosses may think it’s now expected that just because you’re probably checking your email on Sunday morning, it’s ok to email you and expect a reply on Sunday morning.

I have no problem with overtime/work from home if it is:

a) entered into fully willingly

b) paid

However, often at least one of those factors is missing. The erosion of unions means it will likely be a long time before employees’ rights are back on track.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Wow. There is no need to be so closeminded about it. Perhaps those people are at a place in their lives where they would rather be earning money, paying down debt/loans, saving for retirement. Not everyone has as many commitments as you, but that doesn’t make them “zombies” for having different priorities.

This past summer, I started working a few extra hours a week, which is enough to pay for someone to come mow my lawn each week, I would much rather be at work behind a desk than behind a lawnmower. Alot of people would love the opportunity to work OT and I don’t think you need to be so critical just because you’re not one of them?

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