RE: Average Hours Worked

Subject: RE: Average Hours Worked
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 10:28:28 -0400

Hey, I'm with the Goob on this one.

Situations differ. The *real* Andrew Plato owns his own business. His
stake and "enjoyment" are surely different than those of us who are

I like writing. I am good at it. But, open-ended workdays for which I am
not compensated are patently unfair; and they hurt my wife and kids to
boot. That doesn't stop me from writing on my own time, for myself, for
my own reasons. But, to be put by an employer in the position of working
80 hours a week when compensation is for 40 is really not right. If you
are your own employer, well, that's different.



Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
203-805-0572 (voice)
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-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Murrell [mailto:trmurrell -at- yahoo -dot- com]

Andrew Plato (who apparently can't stay away from TECHWR-L <g>) wrote:

> > Some people actually enjoy working a more open-ended
> > schedule where they will gleefully put in 80+ hours
> > a week. I work at least that, but I love my work and I
> > have control over my life. So working long hours is
> > not anything to be proud of, its just the way things
> > are. I don't even really know how much I work each
> > week.
And Goober replied:
> So if I love to write I should be happy putting in 80
> hours a week in exchange for payment for 40 hours a
> week? I don't think so. I love what I do, and I'm told
> I'm damn good at it. Compensation is why I'm working,
> otherwise I'd be doing it for free. In the end,
> stripping out all surrounding factors, whether you are
> employee or contractor, you are providing a service.

That's one perspective. Another is--and *I* think this is at least part
of Andrew's
point--that if you enjoy what you're doing, it isn't work, and you don't
worry about
the hours. You are so engrossed in what you are doing that time flies
along as you
happily work along and thing the folks who are paying you are idiots for
doing so
because you're having so much fun!

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