Re: Average Hours Worked

Subject: Re: Average Hours Worked
From: Andrew Plato <gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 11:50:36 -0700 (PDT)

""Sean Brierley"" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com> wrote in message

> So, too, it is with technical writing employment. If
the job is a
> 40-hour one, why should the technical writer be
coerced into 80-hour
> weeks without compensation? Now, if the initial
employment agreement
> said "80-hours per week," that is a different story.
The truth is, these
> employment agreements don't say "80 hours." They
say, "40" or "45" hours
> and refer to "occasional" overtime. If the
employment agreement said "80
> hours," then you, I, and the employer in question
would expect the
> employee's salary request to be appropriate. That
is, if the employee
> wanted $50,000 for 40 hours, one would expect them
to ask for
> $100,000-$150,000 for an 80-hour-per-week gig.

When you are hired as a salaried person, you're not
being hired for 40 hours of work. You're being hired
to get a job done. And if that job takes you longer
than 40 hours, then you should start considering ways
to reprioritize your work such that you CAN get it
done in 40 hours.

That may include letting go of some of your
time-honored ways of working so you can get the job
done quicker. Just because you think its okay to spend
39.5 hours a week obsessing over fonts, doesn't mean
you earn the right to not do the other parts of your

A half-assembled radio is worthless. A fully-assembled
radio that has a few dents and dings has value.

Andrew Plato

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