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My project is related to previous projects (that are resolved), that have many bugs and I fix them along with my project. Stop paying their debt. When you encounter a bug, write it up. If it doesn't block your work, move on. If it does, ask management for approval to fix. This does two things. First, management sees your timeline expand because you are ...


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I send an email to all my colleagues a few days before going on vacation (also setup an auto responder, and a similar worded one for external contacts (clients)). It says something similar to: I will be on annual leave from start_date and returning on the return_date. If you need me for anything urgent please contact the project_manager. Please re-send any ...


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I would personally build an Arduino unit to move my mouse every few seconds to seem active. I might even use it for an extra hour each day so I could use another computer to search for other jobs. 😈. I would spend a ton of work time learning a tech way to beat the thing. For those that don’t keep a pile of bureaucracy fighting microcontrollers handy, how ...


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I currently work in a company that has a workaholic culture. I'm only asking if it's unrealistic to try to have a work-life balance with a workaholic team once you're already in the door. And if it's unrealistic, to what extent? No, it is not unrealistic. For the most part I am able to restrict work time to 40 hours per week, give or take a few hours. On ...


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An angle that is not well touched on in the other answers is culture. Israeli culture and company culture will both come into play here. If the regional and company culture is such that you are expected to behave in a certain way, failing to do so is an obvious risk in terms of relationships (regardless of how things work in America or western Europe). ...


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The problem with working 50-60 hour weeks is that it is ineffective. Not just inefficient, but so inefficient (because you get tired, make mistakes etc. ) that you achieve less than in a 40 hour week, at least in the medium or long term. If you have nerves of steel, then you can start in a "workaholic" environment, stand your ground not staying in ...


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What we as employees could do in this case if we cannot meet their requirements? I'm going to parse this question literally and give some options: Raise your concerns (with the backup of other coworkers) with management, saying that this tracking system is taking a toll on the employees and that there should be room for other pre-specified things like ...


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Benefits/overhead are not lower. The salary cost may be the same, but someone who works 40 hours a week and someone who works 32 hours a week will have the same dental expenses, same tech costs, etc. It makes scheduling meetings messy. My team lets you take one flex day off every two weeks. Even with just one day off per team member, always a Monday or a ...


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Saying to their faces "I am not going to work during my vacation" will make me appear too full of myself, as this is not the norm in this workplace. That's it. You can do it politely. Most e-mail system have an automated reply feature for that exact purpose. "I'm currently out of the office with limited access to e-mail and messaging. I will ...


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8:30 to 5:30 company and expressed how the boss and the sales manager come into work at 6:30 every day. The boss told them to come in at 6:30 am The manager then went on to say it wouldn't be fair to others who start work at 7:30 worse than the traditional hours of the jobs having large base pay, which they turned down because of early hours and inflexible ...


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Management decides the balance, especially in banking. Many people don't really appreciate that more carefully crafted code has fewer bugs. To many of them, new bugs are just unanticipated work that popped up out of nowhere rather than debt that was accrued and now must be paid off. In their mind, a quick implementation with a pile of bugs should be budgeted ...


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Not all a business' costs are proportionate to the hours their employees work. Let's assume employees work half their hours and get half their pay, and that they produce half the amount of sellable product (let's assume that for simplicity). Employee wages are variable costs. However the company is still paying the full cost of building rental, insurance, ...


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If this team turns out to be a workaholic team, would I be risking my new job if I hold my ground and only work 40 hours a week instead of 50+? Perhaps. I haven't worked in many companies that had an "only work 40 hours" culture. In those companies where everyone worked extra, someone who chose to strictly work only 40 hours wouldn't fit in, and ...


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Something nobody seems to have mentioned here yet--form a union. Seriously. You don't give location or industry information, so I can't say what the relevant laws are or context is. It's possibly something you've never thought of before. Maybe you even instinctively dislike the idea. But this is exactly the sort of thing that unions are for: having a ...


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All work is a series of compromises. There is a saying: "Good, Fast, Cheap. Choose two". Sometimes the "best" workers are the ones that get the balance right. That may include shipping poor quality work that may come back to bite you later. Having said that, a lot of the time, managers think they have the balance right, only for a project ...


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Having worked in this industry for (koff, koff ...) decades, my position on such things is simple: "I'll give you my best efforts during ordinary working hours, but the rest of my life is mine." I found this out the hard way. (Long story.) "Quantity," whether we're talking about working-hours or anything else, "is not Quality." ...


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Yes, this is pretty common. Because, ask yourself - how else are customers supposed to get critical software problems fixed in a timely manner? You have a limited number of options as a business to service your customers: Have a large organization that has 3 continents worth of shifts, so it's always working hours somewhere (except for weekends, and ...


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A few months ago, the management implemented a tracking software on our computers, such that it counts time only when a certain app we are working on is open and we are active on it. I worked with few companies who have implemented similar system where on top of that tracking their software also took random screenshots of your workspace so for every hour, ...


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First and foremost your friend should check the contract. If there is anything concerning the hours, they can explain that they are only obeying the contract. Otherwise, I only see two options: If the employer is really as nice as they say, they should check with him if those early morning hours are only temporary. If so make it clear, that flexibility is ...


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You could ask your boss if they would be able to gives more than a days notice for meetings - which would be good etiquette from them anyway, especially if they're as long as you say. If meetings are scheduled in through a calendar, just block out your time you're planning on not being at work as unavailable If these meetings are setup verbally, just say ...


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How to refuse to work when on vacation while keeping relationships as best as possible? You want to establish a boundary with your boss and management that while you are on holiday you should not be reachable about work. Your problem is that you are expected to be, and that's expectation from both your management and teammates (with the business benefiting ...


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Just summarising from comments to a delete answer: This is all about you being in a football team and your branch manager apparently hating football and making your life hard because of it. However, the football team is the creation of the company CEO. So the company CEO wants the team to succeed. Your branch manager tries hard to make you fail both in ...


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I suggest you create a set time when you meet with your boss on a recurring schedule (e.g. Thursdays at 10am). You'd only have to negotiate the scheduling once, rather than each time that you are to meet. Knowing what time you need to keep free well in advance means you don't have the hassle of trying to find time or move things around to accommodate each ...


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Low Risk, But Low Upside Generally, you won't be at risk of being fired if you hold yourself to 40 hours, as long as you are meeting the job expectations within those hours. As has been noted elsewhere, working more than 40 has drastically diminished returns, so if you are unable to meet the basic work requirements in 40 hours, you probably could not meet ...


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From what you have said, it sounds like you have a good and well-established relationship with your boss. In this case, you should respond to their invitations to meet outside your schedule simply by saying something like I don't plan on being at work at that time. Would 1:30 work instead? If your relationship with your boss weren't as great, I would ...


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It may depends on the country but you will find most people consider this abnormal. In some countries it is even illegal to do so. Take France for example (mandatory IANAL) you have a "right to disconnection" meaning you have the right to not read your emails or to not accept calls after work hour. If you need to stay available in case of support ...


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It is perfectly normal, common and acceptable if you are paid a high salary to compensate for it. The situation is: "the job is tough", hence "you get more money". So, Candidate: "As a skilled junior, I'd like X30,000 for the job." Employer: "You have to be available 24/7 for emergencies." Candidate: "...


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Forget ethics. Management doesn't concern itself with ethics, but with results. A manager is not your parent. If you're going to bed too late. If you're drinking too much at night. Or if you're playing video games all night long. That manager can hardly control what you do during your off-hours. However, if your performance is subpar, your manager can give ...


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I’m a manager in the banking industry in a group that has similar problems. I’m going to pretend like you report to me and tell you what I need: A sense of urgency to achieve the business objectives. If you don’t know what the objectives are, ask. (What drives our economic engine and what’s our mission statement?) Communicate all the time. Let me know what’...


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IMO you basically have 4 choices, and this is in order of preference for how I would consider them: Leave and find another job. Micromanagement of this scale is unreasonable. (Caveat: If your contract says you are expected to work 10-hour days, and the company is asking you to report 8 of those hours, then it is reasonable. Asking you to work 10 hour ...


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