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Required to work unpaid overtime to "make up" for a shorter commute after moving closer to the office

Your friend is being had, if I was him I'd just refuse, do my normal hours and go home. The company can then decide what they want to do about it. In any case I'd be looking for a new job, so if they ...
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How to thank an employee for working extra hours without making him feel pressured

Most importantly, make it clear that you have a plan for adjusting future workloads so that he hopefully doesn't ever have to do this again. There's a danger here that you seem to have picked up on. ...
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Can a German employer force mandatory overtime and forbid salary discussion?

Both statements have been in courts and both have been ruled illegal and unenforceable. Overtime can be included in the "basic salary", but only if you are in management or similar positions where ...
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"I'm not telling you to work nights and weekends, but I am expecting that to happen" - what does this mean?

Can anyone translate this from workplace speak? Basically, your manager wants you to work extra hours without being properly compensated for those extra hours of work. If I were you, I would only do ...
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Manager strongly suggests that I do more unpaid overtime during performance review

What your manager says is nonsense. What he apparently wants is "bums on seats". A nice quote from some top manager at Microsoft: "You can make people stay in the office 80 hours a week. You can't ...
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How can I manage my team to maintain a reasonable productivity when my employer doesn't treat employees well?

A wiser man than me said “You can make people stay in the office for 80 hours a week, but you can’t make them work more than 40 hours a week.” That’s the problem you are running into, and there’s ...
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Is it wrong to manage my time in such a way that I don't have to work past 5:00 PM?

The messages from your supervisor that you shared in your post are concerning. I would deem them to be a red flag. There is nothing wrong with not working past 5pm, especially if you perform well. If ...
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Compensation for working overtime on Saturdays

You're missing the obvious third option: Stop working on Saturdays It's clear you're not allowed to work on Saturdays so you should stop doing it. If your manager tries to force you anyway you ...
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How do you encourage the workforce without incentives?

If I were one of those employees, I'd turn it down, too. All that overtime is basically the result of poor planning. By signing up to do the overtime, it enables those bad planners to stay around ...
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Intentional company falsehood in job description causing tension with boss

They've admitted that they're lying to you, to every other employee, and to every potential job candidate, and have admitted to you that they intend to continue lying. My advice would be to forego any ...
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I come in really early to avoid people. Any possible ways to stop co-workers coming in early too?

I am aware its up to the individual what they do and its really none of my business really what they do with their spare time, So you're fully aware that what you want to do is out of line and you ...
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How to thank an employee for working extra hours without making him feel pressured

I used to give guys 3 or 4 day weekends when they finished projects early or on time. In the days of scrum, there is a lessened sense of accomplishment in getting big projects done, since scrum seems ...
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"I'm not telling you to work nights and weekends, but I am expecting that to happen" - what does this mean?

This is an implied threat: Work for free, or there will be trouble Your manager is savvy enough to know that she cannot demand that you work without being paid, but has made it clear that she wants ...
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How do I tell my supervisor I have other engagements after my shift is over?

There's a very simple way of conveying that you have an appointment: Hey boss, I often have appointments scheduled for 6 PM. It takes me about an hour to get to them, and so I'd really like to take ...
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Manager wants to completely avoid any overtime work. How can I adapt to this change?

If she thinks that she can't get all the work done in those hours, and she feels all the work is important, then she should go to her boss and work out priorities for the work: what work is most ...
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Required to work unpaid overtime to "make up" for a shorter commute after moving closer to the office

This is an odd one, but the answer may be complicated. In the upper peninsula of Michigan there are places that enforce strict environmental rules to protect the community and closed habitat. These ...
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Is it a good deal to receive a raise to replace paid overtime?

What could be the reason for the company doing this, is it to somehow cut costs? HR are insisting this is a good deal and I should take it. It sort of indirectly helps them cut costs - mainly because ...
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Boss wants my team to work weekends

Reading your question and while completely agreeing with keshlam's answer, I think the right question to ask is, as a manager, "how can you get your boss to prioritise new work rather than imposing an ...
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Can my company stop me from working overtime?

You need to check what's in your contract - but broadly speaking if this is overtime in the sense of being outside of your contracted hours then yes they can.
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How can I argue against the idea of working overtime to fix bugs (constantly)?

I think there are already answers covering many aspects, but if you're looking for a good response to this emotional manipulation, you could maybe say something like that: If I am not rested, I ...
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If a babysitter arrives before the agreed time, should we pay extra?

and the "safety margins" taken to ensure arrival on time cause the early arrival. That's clearly a sign of a responsible and reliable babysitter. These are in my experience very valuable ...
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How can I discourage my new hire from working such long hours?

Order them to stop doing it I had exactly the same with my recent hire. Awesome guy. Absolutely smashing it. I brought it up in our first weekly one-on-one. Didn't stop him. So I started ordering him ...
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Should I tell my boss that I am doing a crazy amount of overtime?

Yes, you absolutely should tell your boss. This level of work is not sustainable, and frankly, you are harming yourself. This point is covered very well in LoremIpsum's answer. Is this behaviour you ...
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How to deal with employer who keeps me at work after working hours

If you are hourly, you tell him, "Excuse me, let me clock back in until we are done with this." If he pushes back on that, a good response is "We could get in trouble if we don't track my time ...
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Manager strongly suggests that I do more unpaid overtime during performance review

Are they allowed to force me to do overtime at no extra pay? This really depends on your local laws, your employment contract, and your status as an employee, none of which can really be determined ...
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Coworkers treating me differently for being the only one not doing free overtime

If I were you, I would immediately address the blatant abuse of the emergency phone number. If you are being texted/called at odd hours for work that is clearly not an emergency, I would first let ...
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How should I deal with "online" status competition at work?

This creates a false impression that they are working extra hours and puts pressure on others to do the same. How do you know that? Where would that pressure come from? I don’t like this practice ...
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How do you encourage the workforce without incentives?

Numerous studies have shown time and again that money is an extremely poor motivator. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us is a well sourced book which dives into the topic. The author, ...
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Is it wrong to manage my time in such a way that I don't have to work past 5:00 PM?

Like others, I don't consider your 8am-5pm schedule a problem, but a sign of good time management. The problem to solve is the relationship with the manager. How much can you observe about the manager'...
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