Questions tagged [work-time]

Questions around time spent working in the workplace.

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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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Workplace effects of working “almost full time”?

I have sometimes considered trying to move from full-time to 80%-time (one day a week off). I don't mean changing jobs, becoming a contractor, or doing a 4/10 schedule; I mean negotiating this change ...
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How to deal with bosses that expects too much

I am a trainee developer at a large (~120 people) web agency, about 7 days from passing my probation. During my interview and on the contract it says the work hours are from 9:30am to 6:30pm. I always ...
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Dealing with lack of work in new job efficiently and professionally [duplicate]

I joined this IT company 3 months ago for my first job as C developer. I graduated last summer as software engineer and to make things clear, this is not my first "Getting in touch" with professional ...
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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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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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How to clock time on a mandatory shuttle?

Most of my organization's employees park at the office, but there aren't enough spots for everyone. The company has an overflow lot 10 minutes from the building where about 20% of the employees are ...
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Is it a bad idea to apply for a job online late at night?

I have recently applied for a job online on totaljobs.com. I sent a copy to my email address, and I realised that the time was 2AM when I applied! Do you think this will frowned upon by my (possible)...
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How can I increase focus when doing something boring?

I'm a senior software dev at a contractor company. The issue I'm asking about goes as follows: When I program or debug or do something I like, I'm super-fast. I'm fast enough that I do tasks in 50% ...
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How do you decide when to go home for the day?

As a salaried software developer, I've worked in a few environments where I've been told "we don't have 9-5 hours here, we just expect you to get your work done". Which sounds idealistic, except that ...
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Is it ethical to write answers to work-relevant Stack Exchange questions on the clock? [closed]

First off, this is intended to be an extension to the question "Is it ethical to read programming books on the clock?". I do realize the irony of asking this on Stack Exchange itself, but hey, I'm not ...
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Our work-week policy changed drastically. It used to be a perk. How to let them know I'm unhappy?

My company used to have an amazing work week schedule. We worked 4 x 10 hour days instead of 5 x 8 hour days. This was amazing, and definitely a deciding factor when me and my wife were deciding where ...
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When should I consider myself to be at work?

This may seem a strange question, but my workplace isn't an easy access building. The place I work is a large (several hundred acres), fenced off, limited access campus. There are only a few gates, ...
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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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How much help should I get from my boss when solving difficult questions?

I am working as an intern for a GIS (Map) Team. The team is relatively new and small with about 6 people. As an intern I am working on some very back-end stuff. These are things I have never done ...
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Is it unprofessional to have a quiet alarm for your own finishing time?

At my current job - a UK-based development company - I set a vibrate-only alarm on my phone that goes off for only a second at 5:30 pm (which is my official end time). I don't like to literally watch ...
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Fair treatment for employees always late due to public transport

I have 4 people in my team who use Public Transport - trains. They live on different sides of town, so don't take the same lines. Two are always on time. The other two (coming from the opposite side) ...
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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 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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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 Manage Your Employees' Absences and Late Arrivals?

I am working in a small (4 people) team (agency industry) and we are on the right track regarding the productivity. The company is really flat and liberal but doesn't allow remote work but on the ...
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How to get rid of my presentism?

After a few years with quite some overtime, I decided to get rid of my 'staying late' habit. That was never that excessive, but the hours add up. While staying late and doing overtime is a bit of a ...
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How should I respond to a boss who complains if I'm 5 minutes late?

My boss wants me at work by 8:00 a.m. Outside of rush hour, my drive to work takes about 15 minutes. During rush hour the commute time can vary greatly. (Public transporation isn't a reasonable ...
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Is it ethical to leave right on time to catch a bus?

So I have been at my current job for just over three months now and am loving where I work. Just recently I have had to start taking the bus in to the office both in the morning and at night. This bus ...
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Can my employer (under Brazilian labour law) require me to work outside my established working hours?

I work between 8am and 2pm from Monday to Friday. However, on 21 March my company will host an event that will happen at 8pm. However, I go to school from 7pm until 11pm and my employer knows that. ...
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How can I tell my boss that I will work at a slower pace until I receive a raise?

I work in a company where the culture was, for several years, to raise the salary of almost every worker at every year. This increase was usually between 2%-5% and was related with the employee ...
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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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Work day feels extremely slow [closed]

I recently finished further education and entered into full time work. I got a programming job at a very good company with equally good pay and I'm very happy with the position. Since I have started ...
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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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Asked by previous company to help them freelance in a project

I have had very good relations with my previous organization . A result of it , that the HR called up and asked them to help them out with estimations and working on this new project . I was the only ...
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Research and proof of concept work for an unapproved project [closed]

I've been rolling an idea around in the back of my head for a coding project at a company I was recently hired on to that would add significant value to my company's primary software package. My ...
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Strategies as a highly productive employee without any work? [closed]

It isn't unusual for some to finish their work well and early. That poses a conundrum - should they take the remaining estimated time for themselves or should they take on more work lined up, ...