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Late Work Hour Personnal Record Broke Tonight  
User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Posted (11 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

I used to work late hours in my previous company - when I started, about 5 years ago, I would usually leave work at 8pm.

This had stopped about 2 or 3 years ago, when I realised I should not be over concerned with my job, and that I should do other things with my evening. So to my boss disapointement, I started leaving the office around 6.30pm (arriving between 9 and 9.30 am).

In my current job, I made a point to be punctual : arrive just before 9am, leave just before 6pm (I have longer commute, and it allows me to commute with my GF who works not far from my office).

Oh well. Tonight just before 6pm, I was told there was an emergency, and what I was doing had to be finished during the nighr. No matter what time.

So here I am, at 20 past midnight, still working. My girlfriend was quite unimpressed and unamused to be notified at the last minute that tonight plans were cancelled. (I sure told that to my big boss !!!)

And whereas my personnal record of late hour working was 11pm, it is now 12.22 am, and still counting.

What should I say, beside a big RHAAAAA !



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1235 times:

Quoting 707CMF (Thread starter):
I was told there was an emergency, and what I was doing had to be finished during the nighr. No matter what time.

In my opinion is it actually ok when it is something really important and when it happens not every week/month.

Nevertheless, working 20 minutes after midnight deserves a big, fat ......RHAAAAA!!!

Hopefully you can finish work soon!


User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1231 times:

Well, after 15.30 hours of work (minus a few short breaks), I can positively say that I am becoming totally inefficient. (figures).

Tomorrow I will come to work a bit (yeah, a bit... right) later, and demand an additionnal day off to compensate, to be taken somewhere in the next 15 days.

As for tonight, I shall(...)go back home (don't know when yet Sad ) by cab, as public transportation is now over !

I quite appreciated what my project manager told me : "why do you think the company will pay the cab for you ?"

Dude, the company'd better do more for me here than just pay a cab, that's for sure !!!



User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1222 times:

Quoting 707CMF (Reply 2):
"why do you think the company will pay the cab for you ?"

That is ridiculous, the cab ride and an additional day off is the miminum they could do.

Simply expecting that employees are working over 15 hours, and don't provide them a cab when no public transportation is available anymore ist utterly devoid of class!

I recall that I once worked "only" five hours overtime (that means till 20:00h) and my boss gave me a whole additional day off as well as an invitation, for me as well as for all colleagues who also worked overtime, for a nice dinner. Needless to say that I had to work on the following day only half of the time, i.e. beginning at 10:30, off at 14:30.


User currently offlineLogan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1212 times:

As an environmental consultant, I share your pain, 707. It doesn't happen often, but every now and again someone needs it COB, and we all have to pitch in and work ''til the strange hours. Hint: stay off A.net and you'll get home that much sooner.


User currently offlineAerorobNZ From Rwanda, joined Feb 2001, 8312 posts, RR: 17
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1212 times:

I'll beat that shortly, I'm a shift worker so can be rostered at any time of the day eg: Starting work at 0430 tomorrow & Friday. So far I haven't been landed with the 0130 finish or the 0300 start, but it is only a matter of time...

User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2273 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1188 times:

You get some of that when you're an architect and you have to issue a set of drawings.

A few years ago, I worked 7am-130am finishing a set. After a couple of hours of sleep, I was back at 6am to print the drawings. Lo and behold, some details were missing and I had to draw some more...we finally had the set at the printer's at 10pm. Needless to say, they gave me the next 2 days off.

Right now, we pushing to finish a set of drawings to be issued for construction next week.

Worked 10 hours this past Sunday (!), right now I'm pushing 11 hours for the day - and I will be working all of Memorial Day weekend. My wife and kids (who are not amused) will be taking off to visit relatives this weekend.

When it's all said and done, it will 11 straight days of work and probably 110-120 hours total. On the bright side, it will amount to around 50 hours of overtime (time and a half pay), so I'm not complaingin too m.....zzzzzz.....zzzzz

"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 48
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1163 times:

It appears that I shall (...) have to do quite a bit of overtime in June for a new project that is coming up.

However, that gets me overtime pay, free pizza and a cab ride Big grin as well as another day off  Silly

Say Rhaa !

UTA  checkeredflag 

Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13861 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 days ago) and read 1132 times:

You guys are wimps. I have worked as a legal assistant for various NY City law firms for over 26 years and have probably done 100's of 12 hour or more work days. I have done many late ones to 2-3-4 am, several all nighters, 'lost weekends' (in 9:30 am on a Saturday, left 4 pm Sunday, with 3 hours sleep on the reception area couch) and gone in 10 am one day and left noon the next. Generally when I work beyond 10-10:30 pm, I get a car service home back to New Jersey.

User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 days ago) and read 1120 times:

I've worked from 0600 to 0330 a few times. That's 21.5 hours straight. No breaks, no food.

I've done EMS from 0600 to 0600 many times with very short cat naps.


User currently offlineRojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2519 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

You guys need to get real jobs!!!

Try banking or consulting... I have friends who have spent 48 straight hours working then go take a 4 or 5 hour nap (taxi paid by the company and taxi driver having to wake them up and take them to their bed) and return to work after showering. That happens when a project has to be delivered!!

My personal record is 24 straight hours during Profit Plan...

User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1095 times:

At least in the car business there are set hours...which are 8am to 8pm almost every day of the week...unless you are with a customer and they want to pick up the car after 8, which isn't a big deal but it does happen sometimes.

It just makes for long days and if they told me to stick around another three hours on my original twelve hour day I'd tell them to take a hike, if the customer wasn't mine, etc.

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