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Questions tagged [work-time]

Questions around time spent working in the workplace.

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Boss is telling me I MUST stay later than contracted hours

Recently my boss' boss (We shall call them X) held a meeting with my whole department, he does this about once a month. During this meeting the clarified that our contracted hours were 9.00 until 16....
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Work not giving proper breaks

I do marketing work with the public. I think my team lead is trying to game the system and maybe thinks she's doing us a favour. She only gives one 15 minute break over a 8.5 hour shift. However she ...
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Co-worker works way more than he should

I work in a research facility in Germany. I have lots of co-workers that are from other countries, mostly part of some international collaborative research projects. There's one guy from China who's ...
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Workplace making me stay behind for unpaid work

‘Making me’ may sound extreme, but I feel like it’s true. I am on duty to close down the building once a week after work. It’s mostly all manual activities but there is a long list of them including ...
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Store closed before my scheduled shift ended (twice)

As part of my work I go to various retail locations to promote and demonstrate products. Normally this work is done as a contractor but the particular agency considers me as an employee. I got ...
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How do I tell my boss I need to devote more time to school?

I have been working as a software engineering intern for the last 8 months or so. My job started in the summer, then continued into the semester. My employer's plan is to employ me part-time as an ...
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How to deal with mandatory unpaid lunch break?

This is a question about a job in the United States. It's a sales position in a small company where a person has to work alone in a small office. The work is for 9 hours a day where you can't leave ...
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Line-manager is denying me training as an apprentice and has started threatening & bullying me

I've been working as a graphic design apprentice for the past 10 months. Part of the requirement for me to pass is to take 20% off the job training. My line-manager initially asked me if I could work ...
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How to efficiently implement flextime

At my company, unpaid overtime is a common thing, so people end up working really late. Due to the late nights, the start time is relatively late compared to other companies. As it is now, people ...
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How to rectify wrong hours mentioned in contract after discovering it 6 months onwards?

I been working with a company as a contractor for 6 months, now there is a new requirement to fill timesheet of "How many hours I spend in office", and fill in the previous (January) month as well. ...
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Difference between contract working hours and “real” working hours

I was offered a contract with an Education institution in Ireland for working in a research project with a Company (In Company's place). So all the hiring process was done while I was still in my ...
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Is it appropriate to leave office after working hours, even if being forced to stay to finish tasks?

So I have been working in this company for an year now and the only problem I am facing since then is that I am forced to stay in office even my working hours are completed. We are not paid overtime ...
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What should I do if I feel that I am working too slowly?

I just got hired at a small company. I am doing part-time research/development work, mostly from home. Sometimes I feel like I am taking too long to complete tasks, so I am wondering if I should ...
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Company forcing employee to take courses outside working hours. What to do?

My friend Jim is a full-time employee at Company X. Recently, he was handed a document by the company, stating that he has to complete a number of online courses each year, in order to get the ...
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Email to ask for work

I have recently joined a software company and I have to write an email to my counter part asking him to assign me some work in my project.i have never dealt with him before and I am struggling as to ...
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Best way to show date on CV

The best way to show time at a workplace on a CV is start date - end date. However, my question is this: What's the best way to show various dates, without being long winded. Jan 2015 - Aug 2015, ...
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How to protect yourself from being misrepresented by others? [closed]

This can be a problem stemming either from the boss, or co-workers competing for promotions. Examples include(what other people do) writing inaccurate details in email causing other people(who may ...
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Do developer teams put fewer constraints on themselves or have they fewer constraints in terms of work hours?

In a given company everybody arrives between 9:30 am and 10 am. Yet, the developer team (front/back) always arrives between 11:30 and 12 pm. If this is typical, why do people put fewer time ...
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How to position oneself towards the expectation of doing a lot of unpaid overtime when starting a new job?

I'm starting a new job next week. I'm looking forward to it. However, when interacting with the employees after signing the contract I got the impression that's one of those companies at which you ...
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Is it wrong to refuse to work a shift I don't feel comfortable working those hours?

I work at a hotel and there is someone at the front desk 24/7. I once volunteered to work overnights because I love to cook but a few incidents happened and I no longer feel comfortable working those ...
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Meeting scheduled outside of work hours for support team

We are a small company of around 14 employees that provides 3rd party support for software that is made by other companies. I work in the support team. My colleagues and I have noticed a common ...
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My boss wants me to attend a meeting every day before work hours

My manager at a software company I've worked at for a few years has asked me to join a status update (a standup if you are familiar with agile) meeting daily, before my normal work hours. My boss ...
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How can I ask my manager to give me a break from the current project?

For past 4-5 months I've been engaged in an independent project in my company. What I'm building is going to be used internally. 4 months ago, a senior architect (now a non-technical upper manager) ...
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Salaried Employee Being Dinged For Tardiness

I am a salaried employee, scheduled to work 8-5, M-F, and one Sunday a month for month-end closing. I typically will arrive for work between 7:58 and 8:04. On really, really, bad days, sometimes ...
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How to stay sharp and not sleepy at work [closed]

I am a programmer and every morning after having breakfast at work I always feeling tired and sleepy. During breakfast I am just eating breads and scrambled egg also had 6 hours of sleep at night. I ...
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Does language lessons paid by company count as work time? [closed]

I work in Europe and my company offers us a 2 hours long English lesson with native speaker once a week. They take place during normal working hours (afternoon), but they are voluntary. I'd gladly ...
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What is it that defines a “working day” in the US?

Before you read any further please note that: I'm working in a country where one is expected to work 8 hours a day Lunch breaks are not paid I never worked for a US company (so I don't know much of ...
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Asking to switch to half-time on a new job? [closed]

I'm working for 2 months in a company and I would like to change my work days to something lighter. I've written this text. Do you think I should succeed or be fired upon sending it? Hi {Manager}, ...
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Should I clock in if computer started updating?

I got in early at work today, with approval from my manager, to get a head start on some tasks. I noticed my computer is acting out and decided to restart it. Instead of just restarting it installed ...
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Time issues with my supervisor

Let me explain my team hierarchy and policy considering office-time, before I ask the question. I work in the software engineering industry. We have a very simple hierarchy: Manager, I will call M. ...
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How many hours do you actually work in a 8h work day? [closed]

For a western-europe work ethics, how many hours you're expected to be productive in a full-time IT job? I'm always in the office 10-15 minutes before my official starting time and I leave the office ...
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Altering time card to show a employee took a lunch when the employee did not take a lunch [closed]

My employer was altering my time card to show that I took a 30 minute lunch when I didn't to meet the company policy of mandatory 30 minute lunch. He would then add 30 minutes to the end of the day. ...
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Dealing with Flex Hours for some workers

I'm a relatively new CTO at a small startup (about 15 employees). We have a 4 person engineering team that I'm responsible for (and looking to hire more). Other departments include operations, ...
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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 ask about unpaid overtime without burning bridges?

I live in a country with no distinction between exempt and non-exempt jobs. In my country you are always officially required to work the number of hours specified in your contract and you are ...
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Are there any Computer Engineering/Science jobs that don't require programming ALL day [closed]

I've recently graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering, and I have been looking for a job. I've had 4 internships in the past; they've been at both government and private sector, both small and ...
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Going over direct manager to CEO about severe conditions [closed]

I am currently an employee at a business consulting company. We have several branches and I am a part of a branch in the middle east as a principal consultant. However my direct management is a part ...
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How should I address inaccurate/unethical time accounting by my direct report?

I work for a small medium business (SMB) that pays its staff hourly. We record our hours worked with an online time accounting system that is based on the honor system. Employees enter there Time In ...
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How many hours can a minor do in Minnesota?

I’m 16 years old, and soon will be turning 17 (July 7th). This summer, when school gets out, I will be applying at Target which is about a minute walk from where I live. Am I able to work full time ...
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Asking for additional responsibilities [duplicate]

A couple of months ago I started a job on a small team of less than 10 members as a data analyst. I had no background in this type of work besides a very small connection to my bachelor's degree being ...
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Should I look worried by problems on the workplace? [closed]

I always look relaxed, even when there are troubles, I look like a zen master, seeing my worried face is extremely rare. I have a coworker which is always worried of everything, usually we are ok but ...
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How to work only Day Shift?

I started this new job two weeks ago. In my online filled application, I checked the Night Shift box along with the Day Shift. I did not expect that the situation would be like now. So the manager ...
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What should I do if I block other people but I supposed to work on the project only 20% of my time? [closed]

I am assigned to two projects. I was told to spend 80% of my time on the first one and 20% on the second one. The problem is that the second project is legacy code and currently it doesn't work and ...
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How to convince my boss that 6 days work-week is detrimental? [closed]

I work in a Startup where I was hired at the first employee, after the founder. Naturally, after the company started growing, I rose the ranks quite fast. I am still quite young and the founder of ...
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If they've scheduled me for a day I asked for off, is it unreasonable to ask for them to change it?

I'm 16 and this is one of my first jobs, and I've been there for just under a year. I've never been late and always been commended on my customer service. Thursday nights at the store are late night, ...
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How can I approach my boss about working on a low priority task? [closed]

I am currently working on Task A, which is currently estimated to end in 2 months. There are five other tasks in pipeline: B, C, D, E and F. Task F is something I care very much about, because it is ...
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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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What's the best way to go about getting job with a later morning start time?

I'm not a good morning person, and this has caused friction in jobs when I've been consistently the last person in the office, regardless of my performance at the job. I'd like find a job that has ...
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Dealing with long periods with no work

Background Information I work as a junior software developer for a large company and am a part of a small team of developers. A lot of our work has been outsourced to an offshore team. Recently some ...
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Is there any rules of thumb when waiting near someone's office for them to finish an impromptu meeting?

I occasionally need to deal directly with the General Managers of the divisions in our office. Usually these are quick things that warrant a small disruption of their day; requested project ...