Questions tagged [overtime]

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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Required to work unpaid overtime to “make up” for a shorter commute after moving closer to the office

So a friend of mine this weekend lamented one of the changes in his employment that happened recently. It got me thinking whether or not you can consider that acceptable. He works and lives in the US ...
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How to thank an employee for working extra hours without making him feel pressured

I am a manager of a software developer who has been working late nights to complete a project in time for a deadline. He is a salaried employee so he does not get paid overtime. I am very thankful ...
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Manager strongly suggests that I do more unpaid overtime during performance review

I have started a new job about 6 months ago. In my performance review, a couple months ago, We were both discussing my own performance, but also what I liked and disliked in the company itself. When ...
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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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Do I have to get to the office any earlier than my start time?

I've been working at my UK company for 10 months. This hasn't been an issue in 10 months. We have a sign-in book and a sign-in clock. The clock is wrong, and we all know it (it's 2 minutes fast I ...
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“I'm not telling you to work nights and weekends, but I am expecting that to happen” - what does this mean?

So my manager told me this morning "I'm not telling you to work nights and weekends, but I am expecting that that will happen". I asked her what she meant by that and she said "I won't ...
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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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Can a German employer force mandatory overtime and forbid salary discussion?

After a rough few weeks (lots of late nights) I looked over my work contract and found the following statements: As far as the operational conditions require, overtime is to be worked. Overtime ...
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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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A new coworker is working too much and management doesn't understand it's neither normal nor healthy, what can I do? [duplicate]

My working hours (as a software developer and team lead) was pretty OK, 9 to 6 every day with some overtime occasionally necessary. Pretty standard stuff. A few months ago a new coworker got hired ...
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Mandatory unpaid lunch meeting

Context: I work in a small size (25) IT company in Canada for about 8 months. And I'm paid by hour, I punch time in a software. At my job, they really like to do meetings during lunch time, about 2 ...
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How can I manage my team to maintain a reasonable productivity when my employer doesn't treat employees well?

My employer doesn't treat employees too well, for example we often work overtime without pay (for details you may check my other question How can I argue against the idea of working overtime to fix ...
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Is it a good deal to receive a raise to replace paid overtime?

I'm a software developer in the UK. My employer has made an offer to raise my salary and introduce a private health care benefit, but in turn they want to remove any paid overtime that I do. The ...
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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 ...
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For future employers, how/when should I bring up not wanting to work unpaid overtime?

I currently work as a structural engineer in the midwest United States. My company, like many engineering firms, is very "feast or famine" in that some weeks we have crazy amounts of work to do, and ...
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How to deal with employer who keeps me at work after working hours

I work in a small company in Italy. 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. From 09:00 to 18:00. I do not expect to leave at 18:01. However the employer expects me and the other to talk with him and fix some ...
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How can I argue against the idea of working overtime to fix bugs (constantly)?

My boss likes our engineers to work overtime to fix bugs. One of his favorite arguments is that being a responsible engineer, when you know it is exactly your codes that cause the bugs how can you ...
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Is it possible to work more than full-time for an employer?

I have a full-time job for my current employer and have been working here for 2 years. The problem is that I'm working a lot of hours, since I enjoy my profession a lot (I'm in software engineering/...
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Boss wants my team to work weekends

I am currently managing an in house team of developers, late in a sprint my boss requested that the team gets some work done by Monday. He mentioned that if the work cannot be done on the Friday, that ...
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Compensation for working overtime on Saturdays

I work in an American infrastructure firm based in India. We work on both American and Indian projects. My Indian client works on Saturday while our company does not. Because of the clients, I also ...
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How do I tell my supervisor I have other engagements after my shift is over?

I have a programming job and my supervisor is quite pleased with my work. I do my work, come on time and am very professional with my supervisor. We have flex hours (a concept which I don't completely ...
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Manager wants to completely avoid any overtime work. How can I adapt to this change?

I'm asking some advice for my mother. She was hired around 2 years ago for a team leader and customer-facing role. She wanted to be employed full time, but the company did not want to pay for this. ...
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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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What to do when different project managers insisting that I must work on their requests immediately?

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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How common is overtime in programming field? [closed]

I'm a 27 year old Italian guy and currently, I work as a customer service technician for an Italian internet provider. I'm currently thinking about a career change, and I think that working as a ...
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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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How do you encourage the workforce without incentives?

I realise this could be quite a contentious question but I'm looking for advice regarding the motivation of our workforce. We are a workforce of around 150 people ranging from apprentices to people ...
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How to cope with an employee who stays late and does work on Saturdays?

I work in the IT industry. One of my employee works late and on weekends. I, on the other hand, arrive and leave on time. The project schedule is tight, and others are asking me to work extra hours, ...
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Can a part-time job legally require me to work more than one shift in Ontario, Canada?

I work two jobs in Ontario, Canada: a full time job during the weekdays (45 hours minus 2.5 hours for breaks) and a part time job on Saturdays. My part-time employer is demanding that I work one ...
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Can my company stop me from working overtime?

I have been doing the same overtime for several years, my company now want to stop me from doing this and let other people do it who earn less money. Can they do this?
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Is unpaid overtime commonplace for developers? [duplicate]

Without disclosing too much detail, a project that myself (the only junior on the project) and the team that I work in had to finish a 7 month project in 3 months. This meant the whole team had to ...
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Betrayed by management at a new job, should I take action?

I have joined a new workplace several months ago as a software engineer, for a very software-centric project. The quality of code there was extremely poor when I arrived, but I did not let it bother ...
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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 to explain to your boss you are not interested in working nights and weekends?

I work at a software development company as a developer in the United States. I am well compensated in this salaried role. I work with other developers who are typically are happy to be brought into ...
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Boss doesn't seem to want to approve vacation time

I have been working for a company for four years. Over that four years, I've taken about 8 days off - mostly sick days, a short two day break, and one small emergency. I've also worked a lot of ...
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How do I gracefully opt out of my workplace hackathon?

I'm a new developer at a tech startup (I've been there a few months) and the time has come for the regular internal company hackathon. This is a 48hr window where developers work to build ostensibly "...
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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 after-...
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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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What benefit does an employer derive from hiring employees as salaried nonexempt?

I can see why employers might hire hourly employees - you pay employees for the amount of time they spend working. Straightforward. Likewise, salaried exempt makes sense - you pay employees a fixed ...
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Two coworkers comment when I leave work, does this hurt my manager's view of me? [closed]

I have two coworkers that bring attention to me nearly every time I leave work. We are all relatively junior employees on a single team in a workplace that allows flexible schedules. Employees must be ...
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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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Is Daily Accuracy of a timesheet important if the end check is the same? [closed]

I am in the situation were I submit time to a manager for approval and it gets submitted to an external company (my employer) for secondary approval and processing. My timesheets are fairly complex ...
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I come in really early to avoid people. Any possible ways to stop co-workers coming in early too?

A few years back I found I was struggling mentally in work with various issues, one of which was being around people all day (my issue and I accept that). Having been with the company a very long time ...
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Being asked to do work “on your own time”

Is it ethical for a manager/supervisor to ask you to do some task that they consider menial or trivial on your own time? For example, when a software developer starts a new position, they need to set ...
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Team asked to stay late to finish another team's work. Finished my portion first and left, then criticised for leaving - was I in the wrong?

Our team of 5 (including supervisor) were asked by higher management to stay late after work to carry out a task that isn't part of our normal duties, but was necessary for the company as a whole due ...
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Boss gave me unexpected money, then asks to work extra hours 30 days after my leave notice?

I start working in this software and hardware company 2 years ago as an Android developer. There were 4 developers in the team; 3 working on the server and me. Since the very beginning it was very ...
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As a junior, is it inappropriate for my supervisor to expect me to study our stack in my own time?

After coming across this question, I started questioning my knowledge of the software development industry. The top voted answer explains how it is completely unreasonable for the company to ask a ...
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Internship and can't make deadline. Should I work unpaid extra time?

I am currently working as an intern (with a good pay). I have had trouble on my project, and took more time than what was expected of me to find what was wrong with a part of it. Now the deadline is ...
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Asking about overtime. A mistake?

Here we're advised that asking about overtime during an interview is a mistake. Is it? "And will you guys pay me for my extra hours of work?" is probably not the best way to phrase the question ...