Questions tagged [work-time]

Questions around time spent working in the workplace.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
215
votes
10answers
30k views

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 ...
177
votes
14answers
37k views

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 ...
177
votes
9answers
14k views

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% ...
170
votes
12answers
35k views

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 ...
149
votes
23answers
49k views

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 ...
130
votes
13answers
46k views

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) ...
113
votes
9answers
27k views

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 ...
112
votes
8answers
28k views

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 ...
111
votes
4answers
20k views

Should I feel obligated to work extra hours because of project mismanagement?

What's been happening is that my mobile team is kind of short-handed and we have lots of projects to deliver that our manager committed to, knowing we were short-handed. Even though we all stated to ...
107
votes
11answers
32k views

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 ...
101
votes
10answers
18k views

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 ...
100
votes
11answers
40k views

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 ...
84
votes
7answers
20k views

Manager offers to let us work less without a decrease in salary. Are there any concerns with accepting this offer?

I work in a team of 6 for a large multinational IT company. The company is not in a good shape from a business perspective. The manager has asked us to consider the idea of working 4 days a week ...
83
votes
17answers
22k views

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 ...
81
votes
5answers
17k views

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 ...
69
votes
18answers
17k views

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 ...
69
votes
5answers
21k views

How to deal with a subordinate constantly being in semi-professional chats

I constantly see one of my subordinates chatting in a semi-professional chat during her working hours. With "semi-professional" I mean that the chat is targeted towards frontend developers (which is ...
62
votes
17answers
18k views

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/...
62
votes
9answers
11k views

Company pushing me to sign records about working hours while I was on vacation

(or a harsher title: "Company pushing me to sign a fake report about my working hours") There is a project which is partially funded by an outside source (government subsidy), and I'm a developer ...
55
votes
7answers
17k views

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 ...
51
votes
11answers
7k views

Who is responsible for slow equipment?

This is NOT about how to ask for new equipment. They won't; that is out of the question. My laptop takes around 15 minutes to boot, and 5 minutes to power down. It is an old model, and I use it ...
44
votes
9answers
6k views

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 ...
40
votes
9answers
15k views

How can I reduce the recent negative comments regarding my smoking at work? [closed]

I am working for a small company, during the day I will have a couple of smoking breaks. These breaks are always on my personal time; for example if I have 3 smoking breaks through the day that take ...
39
votes
2answers
7k views

How to deal with a lead who thinks spending more hours and staying late in office is the surest sign of productivity? [duplicate]

In my team the lead thinks that only when people are spending are more time at the office or staying late in office, they are doing good work. Recently a project was done where team coordination and ...
38
votes
5answers
10k views

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, ...
37
votes
10answers
14k views

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 ...
36
votes
10answers
20k views

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 ...
33
votes
6answers
8k views

What should I do when I don't have anything to say in daily stand up meetings?

I'm not skipping my work, but I have dependencies on other teams' work which block my own. What should I say in daily stand up meetings, if I cannot do any work? I agree that telling I am waiting for ...
33
votes
6answers
9k views

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 ...
32
votes
10answers
9k views

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 ...
30
votes
6answers
29k views

What do I do if a co-worker is leaving early frequently while the boss is out?

We are a team of 10 people, and one of them is leaving early. They are supposed to work 8:00 hours like everyone else but they are working about 7:30. Our manager is out of office till next month. ...
29
votes
7answers
4k views

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, ...
27
votes
9answers
11k views

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. ...
22
votes
3answers
9k views

Boss IMs my private email account at work

My boss sent me an email today asking me to keep my IM chat open while I'm at work. My boss supervises me from another city, so I understand why the request was made. This way, my boss can quickly ...
22
votes
10answers
32k views

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 ...
22
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
21
votes
3answers
7k views

If I make a program do my work for me in an IT office job, could that deduct from my worked hours? [closed]

Theoretically, let's say you have an office job of organising and formatting documents. But you program a bot, (software application) to do the job for you faster and without the need for much ...
20
votes
9answers
7k views

Is it unethical for an unpaid intern to arrive late frequently?

First of all, I'm not technically an intern. I'm in my final school year and to pass it, I have to program an application for a company with a partner. This is a seperate project, so we're not ...
20
votes
8answers
6k views

Leaving workplace before “quitting time”

I am a university professor from the United States. I am on a one year "leave of absence" from my US university, and I am now in France working for an industrial research organization (high level R&...
20
votes
4answers
4k views

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 ...
17
votes
4answers
2k views

What is the proper way to ask for compensation for pitch work?

9 times out of 10 when interviewing with a company I'll be posed with the task of creating an app or site in order to win the work. A wordpress plugin, animation or node server that downloads flickr ...
16
votes
4answers
8k views

What to do when included in a chain of funny emails between bosses?

At my office we have this culture where there's no such things like 'a wall between manager and staff' or 'strict, polite formalities between co-workers', but it doesn't mean there's no respect here. ...
16
votes
5answers
2k views

Effects of automated time tracking/monitoring

Our company wants to set up an automated time tracking/monitoring system. It will monitor every software developers' workstation and make statistics about their computer usage: which program the ...
16
votes
3answers
2k views

Etiquette of business hospitality dinners

Small business etiquette question here: My employer will occasionally fly people in from the remote office to get some face time at corporate HQ. During these visits this person and his/her team are ...
15
votes
4answers
766 views

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 ...
14
votes
2answers
2k views

Getting things in Writing vs Time Crunch

I am an developer working on several projects. One in particular is a team project but I ended up taking the entire workload. I have a team member that I have asked to critique the finished project ...
13
votes
9answers
3k views

How to deal with different daily working hours in a software company?

For employees life/work convenience in our company, we implemented something we call "Non-uniform Daily Working Times Policy". It means that we have a default daily working hours starting from 9AM to ...
13
votes
4answers
21k views

Manager editing timesheets after submission

My manager is editing timesheets after we submit them. He's modifying something that often takes off 30 minutes to 1 hour. Is there any good way to approach this without seeming greedy and/or a ...
13
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
13
votes
6answers
2k views

Is it appropriate to ask coworkers and boss to let me know when they arrive and expect to leave?

Where I work, the other four members of my department always arrive at random times, usually latter than when they are expected. It is not uncommon for two of them to arrive around 11am. I know it's ...