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Bottom line, L is risking your health and creating liability for the company. Personally, I wouldn't want to swim anywhere where the lifeguards are fatigued. While I will always remind people that HR IS NOT YOUR FRIEND, this is one case where your interests, and HR's interests align. IF something happens due to fatigue, or if someone decides to sue, your ...


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The company would be well aware of this issue and I would imagine unless they say something you shouldn't either. It is clearly not a management issue so don't make it one. On a side note, a few minutes is nothing. My code can take up to 40 minutes to compile and around 10 minutes to fire up the backends to run a regression test. Usually it's more like ...


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How do I get her to understand that her attendance is critical but at the same time try to cater to her being a single mother? I think what you need to do is make them understand that her attendance on time is not critical since she does a great job (and is a single parent). Change the policy maybe? I also don't like how her attendance reflects on my ...


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I have always been an early starter, being in the office normally around 7am. There have been occasions where coworkers have made remarks as I leave at 4pm to go home to my family. I simply ask them, "what time did YOU start work this morning?" (with a smile). When I've informed them that I have been at work since 7am, it makes more sense to them. It ...


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How do I get her to understand that her attendance is critical but at the same time try to cater to her being a single mother? I think this is a tough question because everything I think of comes back to her answer of "...well I'd love to come in earlier but I have kids...and I'm a single mom." First you have to be clear in your own mind how ...


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However as the company grows (expecting to double in the next year) and beyond, how can I ensure that this policy is kept to/isn't abused when extended to a larger and larger amount of people? This is what middle management and company culture are all about. As new employees join, make sure they understand your liberal company culture - what kind of ...


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Should I stop deciding my own working hours? Yes. You don't know if the other employees are contracted to different hours, or regularly work from home, or have private understandings with management. For example, they may have traded some regular hours for being on-call over evenings and weekends should problems arise. It might be considered acceptable for ...


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I guess I have some occupation-specific feedback on this. I was a lifeguard at facility pools and a large public beach for many years. It is standard policy to rotate lifeguards regularly, including "down-time" for a reason. If a lifeguard gets mentally stale, bored, or zones out, people can DIE. If the manager does not act, you have to go to other ...


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Should I count this waiting time when I report my hours or should I exclude it? Yes, it's time you have to utilise for the job, so include it.


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You're kind of stuck. If you answer "No" to that question, then the company will simply move on to someone who will say "Yes". You could try to explain that your quality of work exceeds everyone else's so you can do the same amount of work in less time - but the company will probably want you to work at that higher level quality for more hours. You only ...


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Never assume that work hours are flexible--or that they're inflexible. Joe Strazzere said this in a comment, but for some reason none of the answers so far say it, so here goes: Ask your boss if those hours are okay. If you are worried about asking her/him, then you know this isn't something you should be doing. In fact, even if you are somewhat worried,...


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First, wait to see what Bob does. If he gives you a hard time, take this directly to Alice and let her know what is going on. If Bob scolds you about what's going on, explain your situation and mention that you already work more than 50 hours a week, and that you can always drop back to 40 if he wants you at specified hours, as the rest of the time will ...


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If I were to transfer, would I be expected to give up 1.5 hrs of my personal time or would I spend 1.5 fewer hours in the office? Your commute is your personal time. And how much time you spend in the office is up to you and your employer. I don't know how it works at your company, but I have never heard of an employer who would say something like "Oh, ...


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The best way to respond to this kind of razzing is to take exactly what they said and say it back to them but for the morning. E.g: Them: "Jeeze you're leaving early today." You: "Jeeze you started late today." Keep it light, say it with a smile and make it obvious that you are simply doing (and saying) the reverse of what they do. NOTE: You need ...


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I work at a company with 800+ employees, that has flexible hours as one of the perks of working here. The way this is managed is by access control via RFIDs, but this doesn't mean that management is draconian about working 40 hours a week(although it's expected that you're being productive some amount of hours close to 40 each week). The fact that access ...


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Grow up, don't worry about what other people are doing, focus on yourself and do your job professionally. You're just an intern: you're there to learn, and one of the things you're learning is exactly this. Developing bad habits this early on isn't a good way to start.


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Speaking from experience. If she gets her work done in a timely manner, doesn't make undue mistakes (due to rushing to get it done, for example), and is on the worksite when other employees need to interact with her, then the only thing she seems guilty of is not adhering to a policy you don't seem all that concerned about her following, except as to how it ...


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There's no realistic way to ask this without risking the negative repercussions that you say you want to avoid. In essence this boils down to a request for a raise as your hourly wage will go up. Your productivity is not relevant to this discussion. As you simultaneously want to reduce the hours you work, this is an even more delicate discussion/negotiation ...


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Ultimately this depends on whether your job is qualified as exempt or non-exempt. In short, if you are non-exempt your employer is required to pay you for every hour worked, including overtime. Exempt employees receive a salary irrespective of their actual hours worked and the employer is largely free to put constraints on their working time however they ...


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One of HR's main mandates is ensuring that the company is in legal compliance in how they handle their employees. Your young, inexperienced manager doesn't see this as important and is taking risks and making messes because of it. Either it's found out prior to the company being cited for underpayment and HR/payroll has a huge headache sorting it out or ...


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It depends on your company and the people in your team I regularly start work at 7am and that's when I start sending emails out. Personally, it gives me two hours of peaceful work before people start coming in around 9am and starting to chat about TV, what they had for dinner, what the cat sicked up, etc. People know I get in early and no one says ...


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This is more of a workplace culture issue. It sounds like your lifestyle may not fit with what the company expects. Although you may be capable of meeting all of your objectives and accomplishing your tasks in a smaller time window, you still risk being looked down upon for not matching the expectations that the company culture has. Based on what you ...


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I'm mostly all about getting the work done and less about the schedule, but it's not possible to entirely ignore the schedule. Unless she's working 100% uninvolved with any other person in the company, there will be times that people need to know if she's in to ask her a question, get some work to/from her, etc.; knowing when she's going to be there is ...


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Ultimately it's down to whatever you can negotiate with your client. If it were me I would consider a minimum payment for being woken up at all, even if no work is done. This is like the 'call-out charge' for a plumber who comes out to your house and finds there is nothing to do. You still have to pay him a minimum fee for having him show up. The other ...


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I would take them aside and say "We both know that we meet the same requirement for hours worked (or the same number of weeks per year), I just come to work much earlier than others. You publicly razzing me about leaving early risks tarnishing my image, just like if I were publicly razzing you about showing up late. Can this be the end of this?". ...


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Perhaps you should consider going the opposite direction and giving your entire team flextime, since, as you say, this arrangement doesn't bother you if the work gets done: In contrast to traditional work arrangements that require employees to work a standard 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. day, flextime typically involves a "core" period of the day during which ...


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I solved this problem by asking the interviewer during the interview. The key is framing it as a work-life balance question, rather than a "how much do I have to work?" question. One consideration: is this a salaried or hourly position? This is important to know. I know software engineers are generally salaried for FTE, but that's not the rule. Are you ...


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Yes, people see you are still working when they leave, they don't see you when you are in before them. Unless you work second shift, people are not going to assume you are in much earlier than them. Also, I think people assume that if you're staying late, you'll be there a while to get things done and that there is something pressing.


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One possible view on this situation is - You sit at the computer waiting for things to finish that were part of your work moments ago and will be part of your work in a few moments again. Would you consider this to be leisure time? Probably not. What do office-working people do in such moments? I'd bet my *** they don't sign out of working time at each ...


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I have a hard time seeing the correlation between enforcing 40 hours and not clocking people in - such a system is probably being "misused" as it is and you can't tell because of the scale. You're either enforcing hours or you are not. Mind that clocking people is not a mere nuisance or a sign of distrust, it is an administrative tool that gives you ...


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