Questions tagged [work-time]

Questions around time spent working in the workplace.

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Does a 7 day workweek hurt productivity?

There are many articles claiming that a shorter workweek (4 days) has no productivity loss vs a 5 day work week or it's a net positive for the company. However, in the sector that I work, it's more ...
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Dealing with out of hours emails?

I am a eCommerce development manager for a successful business. We are a small team but work very much as such with everyone fully committed to the cause. When I first started I was told that I ...
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How to preemptively tell employer what you expect to get paid when there's potential for confusion/miscalculations

I recently started working for a new employer. I get paid by the hour and the work hours are not always consistent. A job lasted a lot longer than expected and in fact needed to be finished on a day ...
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Boss is suggesting I learn the codebase in my free time

I was hired by an investor to solely work on an angular/Firebase CRM/ERP system. The project was built by an unknown number of people before me and it took 7 years to develop the system from scratch. ...
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Almost at end of probationary... ask for overtime?

I started my current job around 5 months ago and my probationary is due to end in a few days. I have a review scheduled with my boss once it's complete. Would this be a good time to put myself forward ...
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Can employer withhold website pay because I submitted notice? [closed]

I've been at a small tech co in N.E. Oklahoma (US) for three years. I'm the only web developer. Turned in two weeks notice last week. On Thursday, I talked with the office manager, who functions as ...
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A way to fight back the meeting-bongo, how dangerous is this idea?

Last week I had 40 work hours and about 25 of it were spent in various meetings, talks, and so on. This has become commonplace and I think it is time to fight back. I think the company needs think a ...
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How can I maintain cooperation while declining meetings scheduled past my local bed time?

The project manager has asked me to have an every-other-week, one-on-one check-in with an international colleague in another time zone. The meeting time has been slotted for 9:45PM-11PM my time. My ...
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Freelance Software Engineering as a time saver? [closed]

I am considering transitioning to freelance as a software engineer to create more time and energy in my life for other projects that are non-software related. I have no responsibility other than ...
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Are there any countries where a company can lawfully claim owning you 100% of the time, even outside proper working hours? [closed]

Recently it was reported IBM forced one of its employees to remove him or herself from the maintainers list of a open-source driver, with the following allegation: "As an IBM employee, you are ...
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Hired as developer, now responsibilities are getting changed. What needs to be done to avoid over load of work [duplicate]

After 6 months of unpaid internship I got hired in the same institution ( private college) I worked in R&D department and started to work on their website (which almost didn't existed). after some ...
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If one is unable to work because of technical issues, should they count it as work time?

The company, where a friend of mine works, recently had some technical issues that lasted 2 hours. This made my friend unable to use his work laptop (he couldn't log in anymore), so he couldn't do any ...
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How to work on regular job and start a company in parallel

In my regular job I work as a Back-End developer. The job is good but I want more money. So I'm working on a software product which I want to develop and sell as a service. But I see several issues: ...
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How long should a person at the start of their career stay in the same project?

I'm looking for an answer to a very specific situation I find myself in. Long story short, I finished university in 2018 and I started working for a consulting company right away (Sept 2018). I've ...
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How to deal with extra work pressure from the manager

Background: Time flexibility in a company is very important to me. In my case, I am a person that has no troubles in waking up earlier, so I made clear in my interview if it was going to be a problem ...
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Getting really bad shifts at work even though agreement was shifts are given on seniority and people with similar have been getting better

A few months ago I started working a retail job. It is unionized, but one must have 250 hours before joining the union. In the interview I was told that shifts are given out based on seniority. My ...
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Boss takes issue with working hours - getting down to main problem

To cut a long story short, I prefer working in the mornings - and with the recent world situation I am working 100% from home, so it's even easier for me not having to deal with all the traffic etc. I ...
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Asked for feedback from manager and told to come in an hour early next day

I started a new job a couple months ago. The job wasn't what I expected and I'm looking for a new one. I wanted to ask for a reference so called my manager and asked how he thought I was doing at the ...
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Employer planning on making a change that I'm prepared to quit over. How should I tell manager?

Where I work they suddenly decided to get a finger print scanner. This would be used to clock employees in and out, and for breaks. I'm not comfortable with this mainly for a privacy reason, but also ...
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Is uncertainty about what to work on normal?

I work as a Software Engineer. The team has bi-weekly sprints. For the past 2 months sprint planning has been basically impossible to do. The manager himself doesn't know if we're going to start a ...
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Is "workaholic" culture a requirement, or optional?

I've received a job offer from an extremely large company with a reputation of having a "workaholic" culture. I asked some of the interviewers about it in loose terms (ie. what does a work ...
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Can you make half the money working half the time?

This may be the wrong place to ask this, but I have a software dev/engineer lifestyle question. If this indeed the wrong place, please redirect me elsewhere before marking this as spam. Is it possible ...
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How to be more strict about working hours in a free working hours environment?

TL;DR: I work in an academic-like environment with free working hours. Everyone including my boss have a hectic schedule for work hours; and her plans for meeting me often clash with my plans for ...
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Nothing to do @work [duplicate]

In my office the summer is usually very calm. I already did all I could do (tidying up, looking for optimisations, helping colleagues...). I also took some hours off... How do you deal with it?
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Actual working hours vs. hours spent on the premises

During my 8-hour working days, I work on a software app (my actual job) for about 6.5-7.5 hours, with good productivity and quality as attested by my supervisor. The rest goes for meetings, having ...
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Expectation of working very long hours constantly

I have a problem finding my way in corporate settings. I now started a new job a few months ago. I soon discovered that the team I'm managing is massively understaffed - in a team of 4 people we are ...
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Saying I'm done for the day when leaving office

I just got a new job two weeks ago, the workplace is very formal. Before leaving for home, almost everyone asks the boss: "Can I leave?" or "Can I close?" which I find very awkward ...
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Is it okay to have employees working after hours

This is a hypothetical from a team manager perspective. Assume that I have been leading a team of 20 people in a fairly big company. The work-life balance is very much respected by everyone and ...
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Software developer work day productivity: Is there an ideal code editor usage percentage? [closed]

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most IT firms have started a work-from-home practice. To track their employees' work, they are using various time tracking software. Our company (which provides services ...
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Why are shorter hours such a problem for companies?

Why are companies in general opposed to employees working shorter hours? Shorter hours means less expenses for salaries. And while a lot of the fixed costs for office space and stay the same, this ...
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How to deal when new team members get new laptops, but I keep working with an old one

TLDR: My company hired two new devs, and they are getting new computers with latest specs, yet, I'm with this company for almost two years, and still use the same computer, that was already used from ...
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Work schedule - pregnant wife

I began work for a company on April 2019 from shift 7AM to 4PM. I am warehouse worker. After 3 months my manager told me to start 6AM to 3PM. I had no issues with this but has problems have arose ...
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As a 'non-hot-drink-drinker', is it appropriate to have a break when all of my coworkers go downstairs to grab a drink?

All but one of my coworkers like hot drinks. Teas, coffees, hot chocolates, etc. I'm not such a great fan of hot drinks so I never bother with them. They often have rounds of drinks, where the 'hot-...
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Employer changes working hours from flexible schedule to early mornings?

My friend has a 100% commission job. They accepted the offer a few weeks ago because they were thrilled to find a job which explicitly had extremely flexible hours. The employer even told them that ...
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How long is the average time period of a senior/junior web developer in a company? [closed]

I like to know senior/junior web developers how long work in a company in average? Or better to ask, how long they prefer/like to stay in a company? And what would be the main reason if they want to ...
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Can an employer make you be on call when you weren't hired to be?

Asking for my wife who works for a fast food restaurant in Virginia. She was told by a supervisor that she needed to be on-call (reachable by phone and close by) in case they needed her, whenever she ...
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Negotiating part time for a job. Need general advice on situation

I am in a position to negotiate part time for my current job after a mass exodus of developers recently. Currently, I work remote but due to underlying communication and management problems in the ...
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Startup Problems: How to ensure the other engineer is putting proper effort?

For all intents and purposes, I seem to have found myself in a two person start up. I don't want to go into too much detail for sake of anonymity. An idea a friend and I had spawned a profitable side ...
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Is it okay to count overtime hours when deciding to go home for the day?

I work as a software engineer in a relatively nice office, with several benefits and a great working environment. Sometimes I decide to work overtime to get some things done before leaving for the ...
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Is it okay to go home on time?

Is it okay to leave work on time as a developer ? I'm currently working for a company, and I just got a complaint from the boss that I always leave the workplace on time; usually a developer works ...
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Introvert who wants to skip social events

I loathe going to work events and parties. It is a complete waste of time and I protest by not participating. Christmas especially, I refuse to celebrate the sky god and I intend to make my reasons ...
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Is two days an acceptable amount of time to catch up when working overnight?

I'm typically an 8-5 worker, but recently I found out for one day I may have to work overnight. This is due to a customer that doesn't want to close during the day for an upgrade. I've never worked ...
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How to communicate to my boss that I will quit if they do not grant me a more flexible schedule?

In my company we all work remotely. We are located in different time zones. There is however, one of the time zones where most of the people are located (not all). I am not in that time zone. Other ...
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How does this schedule work?

Recently I gave an interview for a company. And they selected me and asked to join from next month. So, Company(the team in which I got selected) works 24hr as clients are from all over the world. ...
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Temporary Offsite parking [duplicate]

My employer just decided to make the change for the holiday season in order to allow more parking spaces for customers, by establishing a mandatory offsite parking lot where we will be shuttled to ...
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Punch clock question [closed]

I saw a question on this site asking if a punch clock at work was set two mins slow, could the employer be benefitting from the discrepancy. My question is, what if it's set 6 minutes slow, does that ...
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Dealing with the frustration about overtime after starting a new job

I would like to hear from you what the best way to deal with the following situation is. For reasons I wouldn't like to go into I needed a new job quickly. I found one but the conditions weren't very ...
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Is it normal to have periods of time with nothing to do at work? [duplicate]

To start off with some background, I recently graduated with a Master's degree and am currently a salaried employee at a fairly large (5,000-10,000 employees) company in the United States. I am a ...
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How should I push back against ridiculous work time expectations?

I have been working for my company for awhile now and up until recently I was pretty autonomous. During that time I was producing great results that the majority of people were impressed and pleased ...
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How to politely deny client calls after working hours?

I'm software engineer in a medium sized (~250-300 employees) service based company. Obviously the ultimate goal of the company is 100% client satisfaction. Now the clients are from different time ...

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