Re: Average Hours Worked

Subject: Re: Average Hours Worked
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 28 Jul 2002 11:30:54 -0700

ASUE Tekwrytr wrote:

I would appreciate any feedback on the average hours worked per week for salaried TW's. I have heard some scary figures that are considered "normal" for a base salary, with increases in salary level almost automatically entailing longer hours.

There's many companies that take advantage of the fact that employees are salaried to have them work long hours.Stock options are often used for the same lure. What's worse, in British Columbia, the government has recently made such practices easier.

Many employees, especially young ones, respond to this pressure, and acquiesce to working long hours. Being old, an erstwhile unionist, and a frequent contractor, I'm less receptive to such pressures. I'm perfectly willing to work overtime to meet a deadline, but I expect time off or payment in return - and I don't mean a pizza or a sub for dinner when I'm working late, either. I've seen too many people working for pie-in-the-sky that they never received to think otherwise.

So far as I'm concerned, any company that consistently expects employees to work overtime is either dysfunctional or exploitive; any employee who consistently works overtime is either incompetent,a dupe, or overly-desperate for approval.

Fortunately, there are still lots of decent employers around who don't expect more than a 40 hour week on a regular basis.

Bruce Byfield bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com 604.421.7177

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