Overtime is time spent working that goes above and beyond the number of hours required to be at the workplace for a given time period.

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How can I discourage employees from working voluntary overtime?

I run a small company (5 salaried employees). We have recently expanded from 3 to 5 staff, and while we are comfortable financially, there is not much spare money available. However there is a lot of ...
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My manager thinks showing up early doesn't show as much enthusiasm as staying late

TL;DR: My manager says I don't "show a sense of urgency" like the rest of the team because I am laid-back and typically leave right at 5. But I come in early and work through lunch and definitely ...
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Should I ask for time off in lieu if I was sick? [closed]

I am a trainee developer at a large (~120 people) web agency, about 7 days from passing my probation. I was feeling unwell this morning (Thursday) but I went in anyway because I have a deadline for a ...
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Approaching a staff member who has repeatedly submitted falsified claims

I'm a team-lead in my company's IT department and I have five persons reporting to me. My team are regularly required to stand by after office hours to support certain activities. For these ...
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How to manage expectations in a business with fast & frequent turnaround times?

The core business of my employer is closely related to News. Just like journalists, we ideally need to respond as and when we know that some event has happened - though it is not always critical for ...
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How can I inform management that our time tracking procedure is flawed? [closed]

A director at a company I worked for mandated that all time-sheets be accurate to within 5 minutes for each task, so that future projects can be estimated accurately in terms of time and cost. There ...
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early morning and late afternoon emails [closed]

I've recently read an article about how the successful managers don't read emails first thing in the morning. The question I have is very general. How to handle the work emails you receive (mostly ...
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Been requested that we work overtime in order to get the project delivered, would that let the team down? [closed]

I'm involved in a project that has a long running history of failure. Recently we've been approaching a deadline and subsequently been requested that we work overtime in order to get the project ...
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Is overtime pay for contract workers negotiable?

I know that programmers, IT workers, amongst other fields are exempt from receiving overtime pay and simply get paid for every hour worked (regardless of whether it is over 40hrs / week). My question ...
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How should I ask about work/life balance during an Interview?

I am interviewing for a company later today that has the following listed under Expectations on their career website: Some flexibility in a 40-hour work week In addition, their job descriptions ...
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My boss started sending me IMs to my private account. How should I deal with this?

I few days ago my boss started to send me instant messages to my private phone on my private account. He sends me error-messages and screenshots from customers. I fully understand this may be his ...
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Changing the culture of overtime to efficiency

I work at a very young start-up company. We have had turn-over rates (mass resignation of staff, thrice) in the past but changes in the system have led to a more a stable employee retention and better ...
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Politely and professionally declining overtime

I've been working as a contractor at a large company for three months. I'm the most seasoned developer in a small team, and so far it's been a good relationship. However, as of a couple of weeks ago, ...
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Not getting paid for over time as contractor

I've recently worked on a task that took several weeks to complete. It was a very intensive work, and on several nights and mornings I had to do over time. When I started working here, such thing ...
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Asked to work on weekend vs overtime

This just happened to where I work and I need some feedback, before I discuss it. The project I currently work on is slipping and members of the team were requested to work overtime (if they want and ...
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Saying no to project managers?

There are 5 project managers who keep coming to me and insisting that their requests are urgent and I find myself switching between 4 different projects, while I am supposed to work on only 1 project ...
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Working late without overtime pay, good idea or not? [closed]

So I've read through How do I maintain a work-life balance when company culture tends towards frequent overtime? and that is very similar situation that I found myself in. There's no explicit ...
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How do I maintain a work-life balance when company culture tends towards frequent overtime?

I usually don't mind working overtime (no additional compensation) because I enjoy my work. However, it does eventually grate on me. I've enjoyed a minimum of overtime in the past few months but know ...