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The standard unit used to measure how long someone has worked. Sometimes compensation may be stated in hourly units or annual units.

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Should I count the hours that I wait for my code to run?

I am working on a project and I'm paid by hours. The majority of my work is computational programming and I need to run not-very-light computational jobs each day multiple times. Quite often the ...
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What to do with a good employee who comes late and leaves early?

I've got an employee who does a pretty good job with her work. She does stay on top of tasks but she has a serious issue with start / end times. I am pretty flexible as long as work gets done so I ...
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How to deal with a boss that who lacks skill at scheduling?

I work a part time job, so it lends itself to weird hours. It's seasonal, so I don't get overtime pay, and we use a scheduling app like When I Work to get our schedules and check timesheets. My boss, ...
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If I choose to work full time how many hours will I likely receive? [duplicate]

So here I am, with a retail application in my hand (it’s a digital one, and I have no way of asking my employer) and I’m at the part with two check boxes. Option one? Part time. Option two? Full time. ...
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Questions regarding attire, working hours, and general work [closed]

This is my third year back at this place of work (summer internship, 3 or so months), and they're excited to have me back. However, I feel a bit sheepish to ask the following questions: Last year, ...
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What is the rationale for companies to encourag long hours? [closed]

I’m trying to understand my employer better, so let me explain: As a knowledge worker (software developer to be specific) I noticed that after 6 hours of work diminishing returns start to kick in. ...
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When do you enter and leave your office? (Europe) [closed]

Upon finishing my masters degree I moved to Spain for personal reasons. I was lucky to find a job very fast, the workplace is great and coworkers too. However I noticed some cultural differences at ...
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Are managers expected to work longer hours than their subordinates? [closed]

I know lots depends on the industry and so on (and size of the company etc). So to narrow down the scope of the answers let me provide some context: A mature startup in the software industry. So the ...
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Salary vs Monitoring Hours [closed]

I just took this job and there are issues around my hours while being salary. My boss told me in the interview that I would be hourly, and the schedule is not flexible. But upon hiring, the company ...
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New CEO right after my promotion [closed]

During September/October 2017 I got suddenly promoted to be the head of IT of a newly founded company. The previous head was the head of IT of the company were everyone was working. Because they had ...
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What are the problems with asking my employer to work less than 40 hours per week?

I am a full-time, salaried software engineer who has been with my current company for 3 years in good standing, and I'm currently struggling with chronic lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) that ...
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How do companies and employees deal with abnormally long commutes due to traffic? [closed]

I'm considering moving to Northern Virginia because my girlfriend lives there. When I leave her place to get to work, 50 miles away, it takes two hours if I leave before 6 a.m but 3 hours if I leave ...
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How to set boundaries with work hours

Recently I started work at an R&D firm, and as I was hired one of the big selling points was the opportunity to work on diverse projects and "never get bored". For the first two months I assumed ...
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Negotiating a 9-5 in a new role? [closed]

Looking for some practical advice here about hours re new role. A rigid 09:00 to 17:30 really wouldn't be ideal if it could be helped. Especially as a programmer / tech. I suspect most of my ...
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How to deal with manager's request of “just staying longer” for work hours record?

My manager wanted me to stay longer in office because upper management was not satisfied with my working hours. He and other managers said that I was productive as a software engineer, but he failed ...
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Colleague not working their hours and boss hasn't noticed [duplicate]

I work on a small team (approximately 10 people) within a very large company. Within our team, we all share the same line manager and all sit in close proximity to one another, within our office. We'...
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How to explain to interviewers that I am paid for two positions at the exact same time?

I have a full-time position as a security guard for a museum. The position requires me to sit down in front of our emergency alert system, and to respond if the alarms ever go off. The alarms at the ...
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What are viable alternatives to billing by the hour?

Whether you are freelancing or your company is offering a contract, it is very common to charge by the hour. Yet: The customer wants a result within a reasonable time for a reasonable price. Whether ...
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Expected to return to work on day of return travel from conference [closed]

IT Employee in the Netherlands, scheduled for attending in a conference in Germany running mon-wed. Looking at the programme, we initially decided on attending 2 out of 3 days of the conference. ...
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2answers
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Does it come across negatively when I leave work at 16:00 on the dot? [duplicate]

So I work 7.5 hours/day, from 08:00 till 16:00. My hours are flexible to an extent so I can start later and finish later, or have a longer lunch and finish later, etc. I have a 1.5 hour commute to/...
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How to answer when asked “Are you able to work long hours” in a job interview? [closed]

Background Software Engineering Field, Sri Lanka. Generally, 60 - 80 % of Software Engineers are working 12+ hours at their job in Sri Lanka. The "Are you able to work long hours?" question is ...
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How much monitoring of employers is allowed and usual? [closed]

I am working for a large international company. I mostly sit by myself in my office. There is no registering of when employees leave and come. But do you think they monitor when I am logged into my ...
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What are the advantages for the employer to set flexible hours?

My situation is quite similar to this question: How To Negotiate Flexible Working Hours In order to help me to "build my case" I wanted to know what are advantages for the employer to let their ...
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5answers
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Manager does not schedule breaks for team members

I work in a seasonal (summer lifeguard) position in Colorado where most of my time is spent out in the sun or doing physical labor of some sort. It isn't particularly arduous work, but it can be ...
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Compensation based on Tasks vs Hours for Intern [closed]

I am working as software engineer at a small startup in SF. I'm paid by the hour but am wondering if this is the best way to be compensated for my time/work. I feel like at times because I am paid ...
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Is it rude to change my work schedule more than once?

Last week, in order to make up for time lost during a work holiday, I asked my manager if I could work a few extra hours each day during the week. After my schedule was adjusted, an event came up ...
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How can I work long hours without pressuring my coworkers?

I love my work, and I tend to work much longer hours than any of my coworkers. I typically avoid any direct mention of my hours or any such measure for fear of the reaction it typically inspires. I ...
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Probation gets extended due to family situation

I've been working in an ad agency for a few months now. My probation was due to end last week but it got extended for another month. Here's why: Lately, my cancer-stricken mom's condition dropped ...
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Raises Terminated

My employer has recently terminated raises across the board, with no reinstatement planned, replacing it with a "bonus" program for work quantity, not quality. My boss has hinted that it is nowhere ...
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How to politely avoid or decline unexpected off-the-clock work?

In this specific company, work hours are very flexible. The only rules are: You must be at work between 9h30 and 11h30, and between 13h30 and 15h30. You must work a certain number of hours per week, ...
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Boss about to scold and demand more of me [closed]

I am in quite a difficult situation at my workplace and I’d like some objective opinions. I am an engineer at a startup company. I work between 10.5 to 11 hours a day, not including 3 hours commuting....
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Being made to come in early for work [duplicate]

I work at a spa in England and we are supposed to come in for a morning meeting at 9:45am or 11am depending on shifts. Which is fine because it means you have more time in the morning to get up and ...
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3rd shift hours being cut [closed]

I work in the largest food processing plant of its kind in america, but the 3rd shift ( my shift) is being cut hours little by little with no explanation. We are down to 6 hours from 8 and were told ...
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Should I expect my workplace to be flexible for me if I’m willing to be flexible for them? [closed]

I work as a developer in an IT company. The work isn’t the type of work where the hours need to be set. There are deadlines, but as long as they are met, the work can be done at pretty much any time ...
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Is the perception of working late different to that of coming in early? [duplicate]

This has been inspired by the question Can staying late look like something bad? Let's assume a salaried, office role, where the contracted hours are 9-5. What are the likely perceived differences ...
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How do I approach my boss about staying later? [duplicate]

In my job I have a lot of small tasks all the time, and typically two or three larger ones at any given time. I'm also the go-to person for a number of things in my team, as I'm the one who ...
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Working from home, paid per hour - but I'm learning most of the time, how should I count hours? [closed]

I'm a student + working from home (coding - not internship). I'm supposed to count hours I've worked on the projects, but then I'm still somewhat new to my job and 2/3 of the time I spend working is ...
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Leaving earlier than other co-workers; will this make me look bad?

I am auditing a course at a local university. It takes place one day a week and begins at 4:00. I am a contract worker and am only allowed to work 8 hours. The earliest I can come in is 7:00 am, ...
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First corporate job after academia: 8-hour day causing anxiety attacks after work [closed]

I’m 31 and I’ve been working in my first corporate job, as a Data Scientist for the past 2.5 years, prior to that I was doing my PhD, and doing some consulting work, about 10 hours a week. As I was ...
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Negotiate reduced hours with salary increase

I've been contracting exclusively with the same company for a few years now with the same rate, so an raise is overdue. This has been already communicated to the company by a third agent (who takes ...
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Should I stop flexing my working hours?

I am doing an unpaid internship as a requirement for my college degree. When I started I was told that working hours are from 8:00 to 16:00 and I perfectly kept to that schedule for some days. ...
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Is it common for developers to follow strict hours? [closed]

The company I currently work for has always had a very lax attitude about what time their developers arrive and leave at. Since software development isn't time-specific the way customer-facing ...
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Calculating weekly worked hours, including months with 5 Saturdays [closed]

There are a couple of issues/mistakes in my contract, one of which states that I shall work 29 hours per week. However, I am scheduled to work Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and two Saturdays a month. ...
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Do long commutes count against personal or work hours? [closed]

My employer (science) has several sites. One is in Cambridge MA, where some colleagues tell me their one-way commute is in excess of an hour. I've even heard that a few colleagues commute up to 2 hrs ...
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How to pace myself for a 40 hour week when I work 37.5 hours now? [closed]

Currently I work 37.5 hours per week. I will be working 40 hours per week soon, a 6.6% increase in hours. Given that I feel tired at the end of a 37.5 hour week, are there any strategies for ...
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Why is it expected for programmers to work long hours? [closed]

I am a junior developer so I haven't had much experience in the field, but I've two different jobs and it seems like it's normal or almost expected for developers to work more than the typical 40 ...
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When should I ask for different work hours during the hiring process?

I am a student and I am looking for my first programming job (where I live -not USA- people work and study at the same time). In general people work from 9 a.m to 6 p.m (total: 9 hours, this includes ...
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As independent contractor could an employeer require me to work a specific number of working hours? [closed]

I have a Independent Contractor Agreement with a company in Texas (I'm outside US). The agreement says: "It is understood that Contractor is an independent contractor in the performance of this ...
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What's the relationship between working long hours and productivity for passionate people? [closed]

I've read that working excessively long hours hurts productivity. However, I also know that a large majority of people do not truly love their job. So, if these studies sample randomly from the ...
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How much is 35 w2 hourly to 1099 hourly? [closed]

Hi I am a software engineer. I'm in the process of negotiating with my current employer about my 1099 hourly rate. The background is that I was contracted to my current employer through a contracting/...