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 15:05:59 -0400

Such arguments are vapid, though they might have effect as a troll.

As a salaried employee, nobody but idiots are hired to get the job done
regardless of hours worked. By your argument, it'd be okay to lay off
two co-workers and then make me work 120-150 hours each and every week
of the year, without additional compensation, to make up the difference.

In fact, my employment agreements and job descriptions have always
assigned a length to the workweek, usually and currently 40 hours.

Furthermore, you seem to think it within my authority to get my work
done within 40 hours. I tell you it is not. The fact that my work takes
more than 40 hours is a result of there being too much work for 40
hours, and not a result of my planning skills.

And, I don't twiddle with or fondle fonts. Furthermore, I dunno what's
wrong with your radio. Take it to an electronics repair shop.



Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
203-805-0572 (voice)
203-597-1488 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: Andrew Plato [mailto:gilliankitty -at- yahoo -dot- com]

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.

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