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Old 03-12-2013, 09:03 AM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Just wondering how many people have to bring work home with them or have to work after hours at home because of the demands of their job?
My husband has had to bring a lot home because of recent layoffs due to the new Health Care plan & taxes imposed on the Medical device Companies. They laid off most of their assistants & some other positions as well, which just creates more work for everyone else.
He is also one of very few type engineers in his company so he has always had many emails or calls to answer aftwr work from their overseas facilities...
I know there are many,many other people who work many hours outside of their office.
Do you mind the extra work required outside of the office, does your family?
Do you feel that because a person " complains" about the extra work load, that the job isn't the right "fit" for them?...
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:28 PM
Location: Chicago
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As opposed to hourly workers, salaried professionals are often expected to perform some work outside the office to meet project deadlines, sales quotas, etc... In return, they typically have higher pay, more job growth, more perks, and more job flexibility (e.g. can take off early Fri if they've put in a full week). However, there has to be a healthy balance of work vs. free time.

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Old 03-12-2013, 02:33 PM
Location: North Idaho
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Nearly all salaried employes work a lot of extra hours and most bring work home with them.

Anyone who is paid by the hour is not expected to do their work at home and unpaid. But the salaried employee is being compensated for that time.

If you enjoy that big paycheck, you are going to have to put up with the hours, and unless you really prefer to be divorced, I suggest that you be supportive about it.
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Old 03-12-2013, 04:25 PM
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My husband was salaried and put in 50-70 hours per week every week his entire career. He was well compensated and much preferred being able to do some while sitting in the living room with his laptop.

I was paid by the hour and strict overtime rules were always in effect. There was rarely any overtime budget and I let those who wanted to work do so.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:20 PM
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I'm only in the office for six hours a day but I'm expected to be available if anything comes up after I leave or during the night/weekend. On average it works out to just a normal 40 hours of work. I don't mind always being available as the tradeoff is being in the office less.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:05 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have spend a few months working evenings and weekends at home while managing a project, but despite being an exempt manager, most of the time it's limited to a few days a month. I can make up for it by leaving early or taking a long lunch when things are quieter.
With the kids grown I have far less time commitments at home now, but still find time for some woodworking side jobs and several time consuming hobbies. I work 7-3 normally so get home while there's still plenty of light (except in winter) and can putter around and do an hour or two of work from home before bed if needed.
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:21 PM
Location: Detroit, MI
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I'm in the office 40-45 hours a week and work from home maybe 1-5 hours per week. Nothing major.
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