Questions tagged [hours]

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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Can my employer demand that I show up to work 15 minutes before my shift but not pay me for that time?

A few weeks ago I was working as a tutor for a major chain in the Chicago suburbs and was paid hourly. Usually my shifts were just a few hours, say from 4 to 7. I'd show up 5 minutes early or so just ...
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How can I stop being badgered for “leaving early” without hurting my co-worker relationships?

I currently work in a corporate environment where the majority of the company works typical hours of 8:30 AM - 5 PM. Many employees vary work hours based on personal obligations, however often ...
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Mandatory one hour lunch. Is it common practice in UK IT?

I've worked at some places where they've had a mandatory one-hour lunch. So you have to work your required X hours a day, and also take a one-hour lunch. So your arrival-until-leave period covers X+1 ...
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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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8-to-5 vs. 9-to-5 as acceptable regular work hours

I've read a few job descriptions and replies from interested parties about their places of work, that they have a "regular" workday with the hours of 8 to 5. I am normally used to working 9 to 5 and ...
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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 should I handle colleagues with very different work ethic?

I prefer to work intensively for eight hours with complete focus, then leave relax in the evenings - work hard, play hard. My colleagues on the other hand, prefer to be in the office for 10-12 hours ...
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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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Are workers in Japan expected to work overtime daily?

I was considering a job offer from Japan as a senior software developer when I contacted a Japanese friend of mine (a customer service agent) who warned me of few things. He told me that in Japan ...
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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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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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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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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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Negotiating telecommuting for an IT Support technician who's nearly automated himself out of a job

Background: I was hired to support and manage the rollout of a new M$ Surface fleet (200 of them). This includes provisioning, training and support for troubled users of the tablets and the mobility ...
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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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I've been short changed during 'contract negotiations.' What should I do? [closed]

This is a very long story short. I am a part time employee contracted to 14 hours a week and have been with the company just over a 18 months. I love my job and have readily accepted additional ...
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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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How To Negotiate Flexible Working Hours

This is a follow up to a previous question on appraisals. I work as a software developer in a small IT company, working normal office hours. Last year in my appraisal, I mentioned I'd like flexible ...
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Lack of hours at work: address to the manager or not, and explaining in a job application

My girlfriend works for a small business which sells items. She started there two months ago and did not sign any papers. When she applied, she was told that she would be getting a 12-hour work week. ...
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How does billing by hours work as skill increases and time to completion decreases? [closed]

If I start a new job and I'm asked to do some work for a client. The company bills the client in 15min increments, I spend time learning my companies' setup, where things are, etc... I end up billing ...