Questions tagged [work-time]

Questions around time spent working in the workplace.

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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 seclude 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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Do people in US really work 9-5? [closed]

I live in western europe and the usual office time is 9:00 - 18:00, with 1h break. I've heard so many times that in the US people work 9-5 but the math doesn't adds up: do people in US work less than ...
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Feeling bad about going home at the end of the shift

Does anyone also feel like they should stay extra hours at work or feel bad if leave on time while others are still there? I don't have a shift sheet to fill or any control of my arrivals/departure at ...
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Correct way to ask boss to decrease from full-time to part-time [duplicate]

I've been working in the company for 1 year. I don't feel happy anymore working there. Also I didn't have any salary raise. I don't depend much of this company because I work for other too(One ...
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How can I politely request that my colleague reduces the number of trivial help requests?

Background: A colleague of mine has recently been moved to my team for which I have been given a more senior role in. The colleague is a very friendly and enthusiastic individual that I get on quite ...
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How to communicate conveniently to my company I would like to work partially asynchronously?

Context In the company we all work remotely. There is no physical office. People are physically distributed over 3 continents right now. Let's say A, B, C. Most of the people are sitting in continent ...
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Objective in a new software job when no objective is given [closed]

Two weeks ago I started a new job in an automated medicine dispensing company. The company is not very big, around 50 employees. I was hired to work 50% / 50% with automated medicine dispensers (...
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Is it inappropriate to sign into my online college classes on my work computer? [closed]

So the last hour of work I’m always there alone, and there’s always nothing to do unless people come in or the phone rings. Normally, I watch Netflix or Hulu but since I started my online college ...
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My boss wants me to say on my timesheet that I worked 8 hours a day, even if I didn't [duplicate]

My supervisor does not want questions asked about our timesheets, so he directs we fill them out exactly the same each week. Sometimes we vary the hours we work each day, but he wants it to say 8 ...
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Is it common to be in company for 9 hours per day when having a 40 hrs/week contract? [closed]

My employer (a German AG company) asks us to stay in the company for 9 hours per day to fulfill a 40 hrs/week contract (as a data scientist). So, a typical day would be from 9-18 which includes 8 ...
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What is the logic behind shorter work hours during the summer? [duplicate]

The company I'm currently working for allows employees to leave the office early in the summer (around 2:30/3pm, West Coast USA, Pacific Time) if they've completed all their work for the day. They ...
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When is it okay to work overtime because I have to think of a solution before I implement anything?

I'm new at a company doing statistics and I have no trainer or superadvisor and little work experience so there's many things I don't know how to do and I don't even know if there's a way to do what I ...
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How to handle time-off /days-out from the office in Ireland?

I recently changed to a new job in Ireland. I have found something different in how to manage to do external/personal stuff, as most of the things are open only during working hours. For example, ...
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Is it considered as work to prepare his salary negotiation?

I am going to have my next salary negotiation in the next week. As I want to be ready and have good arguments, I started to prepare sales analysis, and other data I find relevant for my negotiation. ...
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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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