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I think this is not as complicated as you are making it out to be. If you are hourly you should be paid for all the hours you work. Forget about 1.5x your rate for overtime that won't apply to you, it doesn't apply to many if not most tech workers. If you work 46 hours you bill for 46 hours. Never cheat and bill for more hours than you work, that is ...


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Don't surprise your boss. So, you have a contract that states that you don't need to ask for permission before you work overtime, and also that you don't get paid time and a half for overtime. As such, you'd be entirely justified in billing the company for your actual hours worked. It's what both you and the company agreed to when you started work at the ...


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It’s probably not a good idea to retroactively bill them for more for a period you already entered and were paid for. You can, but they may say “no we didn’t authorize that” - and they didn’t. You’ve been working that extra time on your own recognizance up till now - until you got upset about getting paid time and not time and a half. Spite isn’t a good ...


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Mind your own business First of all, you have to accept simple truth : you are not manager of this person's life. He is an adult, and could do what ever he pleases, and be responsible for consequences . You are simply his project manager or team leader, and that is about it. Your duty is to monitor his work and make sure it does satisfy his contractual ...


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As a young developer, I did the same thing. I was young and unencumbered, I was working on really interesting cutting-edge stuff, and I wanted to learn and do everything I could to be the best engineer I could be. I was working crazy hours, but I felt it was worth it. Mostly, I enjoyed doing it. As my career progressed and my life changed, I decided I didn't ...


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Are you certain that this person is actually making 10-hour days, instead of spreading his time? I myself take extended lunch breaks to take walks around the block, and do some housework (cleaning/laundry) in between my work as well. This means that i only get 5 hours of work in the regular '9-5' day, and i make up the rest in the evenings; so yes, i am also ...


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Most of the answers deal with the work-life balance and health concerns of your employee directly. But there is also your side of the situation, which shouldn't be ignored. I don't know what laws are concerned with this in the UK, but In Germany (where I work) there is something called the "Working time act" (Arbeitszeitgesetz), which determines ...


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'Fully remote' meaning working from home? Perhaps he's taking a long lunch and making up hours later. Let it go.


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Make sure that your notion of what's good for them is actually good for them. I have been put in seriously difficult situations where I freeze up for days at a time because of anxiety of things that aren't done and management above me insists I don't work on it after hours, even on my own time. They say "I need work life balance" but what I really ...


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Here's the thing about humans: Humans, all humans, work in one common way: You can tell someone to do something, but you can't actually force anyone to do anything unless you can provide a greater disincentive than incentive. Right now, the disincentive to work lots of overtime is zero, and the incentive is, well, you don't know what it is, but presumably ...


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I think you should emphasize the work-life balance culture of your team/company to get across that overworking is not a value for the team or company. You might also try to show that no one else on the team does this and it won't help this person's performance review or career growth with the team, because it's important for team members to behave in a way ...


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You should really ask them why they work that long in a 1-1 meeting. I, for example, usually work longer in the evening because I want to finish a task. Might not be a sign of perfect mental health, but if I wouldn't finish the task before leaving, I would think about it the whole evening and probably half night. So if I want to have a relaxed evening I need ...


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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 home at the end of every day: "Right, it's 5:30. Can you guess what I'm going to tell you?" "Go home?" "Yes. Go home. I'll see you ...


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