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Maybe he simply doesn't know what else to do with his time because of a lack of social contacts. Why don't you invite him over for BBQ on one of those weekends? (If you feel like investing your personal time in that matter) It can be very hard to get to know new people when working in another country, especially if you are a little shy. If you get along ...


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First thing I'll say is, don't be in a rush to quit your job. A lot of people on this stack are inclined to respond to almost any major issue by saying that you should start looking for a new position. It may happen that you wind up forced into that, but you have other options to explore first. As others have noted, you should have a discussion with your ...


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You do not know that he is working excessive hours. For example, he could be studying, and have a home situation that makes that difficult, such as a roommate with a loud TV. The office may be the most comfortable and suitable place for some of his non-work activities. If you raise this with management they could be forced to notice something they are ...


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It doesn't matter if he enjoys or hates the job but there are rules like no work on public holidays that shouldn't be broken as that maybe against the law of the land. In some cases it can also create bad name for the company for over working and create a culture of overworking like how it is in Japan, China and to some extent in India. You don't have any ...


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Now I have a boss, who just started at the company, and they are trying to use the following paragraph in my contract to insist that I be in the office 9 - 6 Mon - Fri, be on call 24/7, still go into the office out of hours regularly, including weekends, while maintaining my current level of productivity and without additional remuneration: "...


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You should ask your common direct manager if he is aware that your colleague is at work for endless hours. If the answer is "yes", that's it. If the answer is "no", you can tell them what you know. I said "is at work" because of the quote "you can make people be at the workplace for 80 hours a week, you can't make them work more than 40 hours a week". It ...


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Does anyone also feel like they should stay extra hours at work or feel bad if leave on the time and others are still there? When I first started my professional career, I used to feel that way. I was in a carpool, and had to leave in order to get a ride home. Most of my co-workers were still working. Eventually, I learned not to measure myself based on ...


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Should I approach this? Officially, No. Your co-worker does this on a regular basis. If he was under the impression that he "has to" work, by this time, he would have realized that's not the case and would have reached out to HR (or someone else in the authority) about the requirements. He's the only one who shows up on weekends / stays late - so it's not a ...


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It's quite likely that nobody told your new boss that you were working "non standard" hours, especially if it was an informal arrangement with your previous boss. When people take on a new management position, they tend to get briefed about the problems, not the things that are going right, and from your account you weren't creating any problems. Unless ...


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It is fine to not go, and it’s fine to not want to go. It’s also fine to not believe in the Christian god, or any god. In many places, this won’t get you fired — although it’s true that never socializing might hamper your ability to get promoted. But this is not OK: i refuse to celebrate the sky god and i intend to make my reasons for not going to my ...


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We are not paid overtime here. 10 A.M to 7.30 P.M is our working time, means 9 hours 30 minutes. [...] Several red flags I see, however to answer your actual question... If your working hours are already indicated, ending at 7:30pm, then by all means you are in full rights to leave after the end time or after you fulfill those 9.5 hours. Now about the red ...


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You are not paid for lunch. That makes it 37.5 hours. Mon: 8.5 - 0.5 = 8 Tue: 8.5 - 0.5 = 8 Wed: 8.5 - 0.5 = 8 Thu: 8.5 - 0.5 = 8 Fri: 6 - 0.5 = 5.5 Total: 37.5


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Is the 9-5 work schedule supposed to include all thinking time (time where I'm at the drawing board coming up with a solution but not actually implementing anything) and the time I actually get things on paper that my boss can see? Yes. Working time may involve thinking and planning time, as well as developing or implementation time. The problem is ...


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Explain to your supervisor that the timesheet has to be accurate as: (a) you're signing to that effect, and it would be immoral and illegal to sign a false declaration (b) the timesheet records when you are on the employer's business and in the event of any dispute or claim will be produced as evidence. For example, if you are injured whether you are on ...


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When the worker approached the representative of the employer regarding the possibility to be paid for the lunch hour, he was told that he can close the office to have his lunch break OK, so the employer made it clear, they are OK with having the business closed for a "reasonable amount of time for lunch break" but they are not willing to pay extra. It's ...


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First thing first, be careful with ultimatums. If you really want to make it clear that it is a deal-breaker to you, here's what I'd do (and as a manager, how I'd like it to be done): 1. Send an e-mail for an appointment to your manager Hi/Hello [Name/Surname depending on how close you are] Can we schedule a meeting between the two of us to discuss ...


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The first thing you need to do is to dig up your contract and see what you actually agreed to. Even though X stated 9 - 16:30, you need to verify what is on your contract. Next, you need to speak to your boss ( not X ), regarding any discrepancies between what he expects of you and what is on your contract. If you are going to be working an extra 30 ...


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I would start looking for a new job. I am not saying you should quit your job or accept the new one. But looking for one might tell you a lot. Update your resume and put it on job sites your company doesn't use. When you get recruiters interested, make it clear they are not to talk to your current employer (and make it clear that you'll need really good ...


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The real problem here is that the this behavior puts the company at significant financial risk (liability for accidents, fines, salary payments for unpaid overtime, customers) if it is tolerated. Does his boss realize he works that much? If yes, then you may think about contacting HR in an informal way (or run from the company) If no, then somebody from the ...


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Most places you are expected to put in 8 work hours and lunch does not count and is not paid. From second answer to "8-to-5 vs. 9-to-5 as acceptable regular work hours" I'd add that while that's true, in some types of jobs like software development and sales there's almost always flexibility in scheduling. Management realizes there isn't a 1:1 ...


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There are two reasons why the colleague requests your assistance. The colleague really needs help. This case is simple to understand, the work is only partially, done, and the questions are specific for getting information. Potential solution: ask the colleague to create a list of questions, and interrupt you only XY times per day. At that time, all ...


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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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Technically you would punch in 'n' minutes earlier/later and punch out 'n' minutes earlier/later and therefore balance itself out. The clock could be wrong by any amount of time. It will however make time tracking difficult when people will look on the card, but I assume people would be aware of it going wrong, and also it's easy to prove. What matters is ...


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It's a trick. These type of bosses try to squeeze out some extra hours out of the employees, for free. The boss may even try to sound ruthless/serious about it, and try to convince you to stay longer, and put a lot of stress on you about this matter to stay longer until you finally submit, but he cannot force you and he's not allowed to. If it's not urgent,...


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My question, is it okay to approach this with higher ups? how can I do so? Certainly it's okay. Just ask for a few minutes of your bosses time. Mention that you would like to work extra hours early in the month, so that you could take time off later in the month to do personal things and manage meetings for your freelance jobs. They will tell you if ...


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When the worker approached the representative of the employer regarding the possibility to be paid for the lunch hour, he was told that he can close the office to have his lunch break. The issue with that is that the business is not advertised as having lunch breaks, so if he closes the office he runs into trouble with customers (and delivery ...


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Since this is taking its toll on your health, my recommendation is get a same day appointment with your GP and request a formal letter summarising your appointment. If they refer you to a counseling, you can get a letter for your employer confirming that you are taking the leave for your appointment for health reasons. After that, gather a portfolio of your ...


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Can it be a bad thing to leave on time, career wise? This is entirely dependant on the company. I've worked in places where if you left on time you would be considered "not a team player". I've also heard from friends places where it was almost like a race every day to see who left last as if they were hoping to get a pat on the head from management. ...


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