RE: Motivation For Overtime?

Subject: RE: Motivation For Overtime?
From: "Carnall, Jane" <Jane -dot- Carnall -at- compaq -dot- com>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 1999 09:22:46 +0100

"Anthony Markatos" <tonymar -at- hotmail -dot- com> asked:

>>Question for all salaried Technical Writers:

How are you motivated to work overtime?<<

The question is really "how are you motivated to work unpaid overtime?"
since my motivation when paid overtime is offered (whether "paid" in extra
time off, hour for hour, which I actually prefer, or paid in extra pay -
which is usually less than the standard hourly rate, in my experience) is
the extra time or the extra pay.

Unpaid overtime:

either (a) a sweetener (makes up for times when I may have been five minutes
later in, or wanted to leave early, or took a longer lunchhour) - this
counts as "overtime" since I usually end up working a longer time than the
time I skipped. It is "fear" but it's usually less direct than what you

or (b) a need to get the job done. This isn't really a "love of the company"
- it's a love of the work. A job needs to get done, it won't get done unless
I do it, I don't have time to do it unless I stay late... so I stay late.

or (c) genuine interest in what I'm doing, so that I don't notice it's
going-home time. This usually occurs at the start of a job when the learning
curve is steep!

Jane Carnall
Technical Writer, Compaq, UK
Unless stated otherwise, these opinions are mine, and mine alone.

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