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Subject:Re: Average Hours Worked From:Ruth Charles <ruth -at- tao-group -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Mon, 29 Jul 2002 13:19:11 +0100
Well, I've recently switched jobs, and working hours was one of the
primary motivators. I am now working an average of 43 hours, spread
over 5 days, with lunch taken at my desk - this seem pretty normal for
the Thames Valley (UK). My stated contractual working hours are 40/week.
In my previous job (with a US multi-national) I had no formally stated
working hours. The company portrayed itself as a 'flexible employer' -
flexible working hours, working from home, child care provisions etc.
I regularly put in 50 hour week (mon-fri, weekend working was heavily
discouraged). I completed the tasks I was given in the time allocated.
However, I received heavy criticism from my managers because my working
hours were not considered long enough. I was told that the company had a
'long hours culture', the issue of delivering good quality work on time
appeared irrelevant to this discussion - it was the actual hours chained
to my desk that counted, not the work.
Higher management then started talking about redundancies, and the long
hours culture became even longer. A strong blame culture developed
within the tech author team, and the atmosphere (which had never really
been good) became poisonous. So I left.
I agree with all the comments here about the inverse relationship
between productivity and hours worked. As you get older, you see
through the promises of share options, and other incentives. The
software industry is a really just a 21st century factory. I come to
work, I do my job, I go home. Exceptionally, if an employer needs more
out of me than that, I'm generally willing to give it. If it becomes a
regular occurrence, I will start looking to move.
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