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This is assuming you are working in the United States. According the the Fair Standards and Labor Act covered and non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay by law. So legally no, they do not have to give you any time off if you are an exempt employee. There may be exceptions where they are doing contract with the federal government and local and ...


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As a salaried employee, you have to do what the business requires. As you describe it, there is a business requirement that you should work on a Saturday and/or on a Sunday. On the other hand, I can't see a business requirement that you should work more than five days a week. Your manager or you boss might quite like the idea that you work an extra day or ...


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It really depends on the workplace. This kind of behavior is SOP at my current workplace here in the USA. It is understood that some downtime is required for good mental health. If your work impedes on your scheduled downtime, you should take action to remedy the situation. Otherwise, you will eventually burn out. At my previous job, they had a "2080 ...


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Is it typical to request either Friday or Monday off since I'll lose a weekend day? You need to check your company policy for the exact entitlement. I am not aware of exact rules / norms for USA, but from my past experience of working with multi-national organizations, I can see this to be addressed either of below ways: Compensatory off: This is what you ...


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Is it typical to request either Friday or Monday off since I'll lose a weekend day? That depends on your contract - if you have regular working hours of 38-40 h a week, it's definitely understandable to ask for a day off during the week and no reasonable manager should refuse your request since they would breach applicable employment/labour-laws. If you ...


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My current salary per hour is very bad too since the overtime is not paid (it's illegal to work more than 10 h a day here, so it couldn't even be paid). This is highly illegal. Unless you are taking major breaks (for example going to the gym, getting lunch, running errands..etc) the company MUST pay you. It would help knowing which country you are from, ...


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Should I still talk to them? Or quit? (Honestly, when working 12-14h you just don't have time to apply while employed). It sounds like you have already talked to them and gotten nowhere. So start looking for your next job now. If you truly cannot seek a new job while working 12-14 hours, then stop working that many hours. Just leave earlier and get your ...


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I think no one has addressed the below so far: people focus on "don't" (which I fully support) or focus on some coding practices. If you cannot fully abolish unpaid overtime (as it comes from above), what can you do? Can you provide flexible working hours? "Guys and gals, I know, we need to clock 80 hours a week, but in my team you can come and go when you ...


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Responding to your first update: On the other hand if it is Sunday but we are at office work overtime, how much time is acceptable to use social media? On a Sunday? I would say at least eight hours is acceptable. Though I would hope that they would get bored sooner than that! To begin with, why don't you make weekend work more fun? You all have to ...


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Answering this bit specifically: sometimes I observe that my team-members don't work as focused as they should because we all know we need to work overtime again What's probably happening here is that they've realised that they're not just in the office until a few bugs are fixed, but that they're stuck there for however many hours senior management has ...


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Culture Problem I think Karl Bielefeldt's answer is the best one, but I would like to state it even more forcefully: you have a culture problem, and it has nothing to do with China. Your boss wants bugs in your software fixed? Awesome!!! There are countless times in my career when I wanted to prioritize bug fixing, but management wanted more feature ...


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Your job as a team lead / manager is to shield those in your team from the rubbish that comes from above so that they're productive. You need to find out WHY they're having to work overtime. Are they being generally unproductive, or are the timelines unrealistic? If they're unrealistic, then you need to take steps to make them realistic... Get the team ...


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Are you using a formal process? I'm guessing from the contextual clues and your other question that you are a) building software and b) in China. 'a' is relevant, 'b' may not be, but keep in mind I'm coming from a United States/Canada perspective and there may be cultural/learned behaviors that affect the viability of my suggestions or require adapting them. ...


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There are other ways to increase productivity on bug fixes than just working longer. I would solicit ideas from your team about that and give them time to implement their ideas. Empowerment goes a long way toward morale. For some ideas: Improve testing and get tests to run before every merge. Refactoring of problematic code. Prioritize your bugs so the ...


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The way your employer treats people benefits nobody. They might get unpaid overtime from their staff but that is likely to result in poor morale, low quality work and a high turnover of staff (along with the cost/time required to train replacements). In the long term, I think you need to push to change your employer's mindset. They are unlikely to ...


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How can I manage my members to maintain a reasonable productivity when my employer doesn't treat employees well? The last half of the question is irrelevant. If employees are not being productive, discipline them since other approaches have not worked out. If you aren't prepared to discipline then you're failing in your role. Take a guess at who is the ...


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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 nothing you can do. People come to the office because you pay them. They work because they want to. And you know why these people have no motivation to work.


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Bad working conditions will take a toll on your employees - it doesn't matter who is to blame for them. The best you can do is convince management that unpaid overtime is counter-productive and the rate of which they're pulling the 'occasional bit of overtime' as per what is likely in your employees' contracts might be illegal (jurisdiction dependant). ...


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