Well, how do you fare compared to the Zeitgeist?
Chat up your fellow wooters and let us know how lame this poll was or what obvious choices we missed.
For example: Was this poll a) STUPID, b) DUMB, c) POINTLESS or d) ALL OF THE ABOVE?
Case by case. Where I work is potentially open 7 days a week based on scheduling, so I answer what's urgent and ignore what's not until Monday.
Nada. Nicht. Nyet!
In my business if the issue is so important that it cannot wait until Monday means the situation is dire and necessitates an immediate response. We all greatly respect each other's weekends and take all such email very seriously.
I get paid by the hour and the law in the state I live in says that if you want me to be on call you have to pay me my full hourly rate. Sure I'll answer e-mail on the weekends when I get paid to do so.
bblhed wrote:I get paid by the hour and the law in the state I live in says that if you want me to be on call you have to pay me my full hourly rate. Sure I'll answer e-mail on the weekends when I get paid to do so.
In many states, if you are "exempt" (managers, doctors, nurse practitioners, PA's, some civil servants) then you get to be abused in most cases without pay. We work 60-80 hours/week easily. When patients are gone many of us spend 3 to 5 more hours charting and making referrals.
Work is taken home or done remotely on weekends as well even when not "On Call."
It's work that is seldom seen by the public. Students going into the field have little inkling of how high the personal cost will be (some die in their 50's) until after they are deeply immersed already.
P.S. Am On Call all week after hours. No extra pay. Following day is always deemed a normal day.
When you work in IT, they make you exempt for a reason. There was one week I worked 132 hours. I was only paid for 40 that week. It is part of the life you have when you work this field.
If they do so consistently every week, that actually violates most states labor law. But you have to negotiate fair compensation rather than risk being blacklisted (which matters whether seen or unseen). It is why some accept work as consultants but then lack benefits or some security that you work each week.
I am (was) salaried so answering emails on the weekend is up to me. I answered them during the week. The running of the school where I worked the last three years is so lax, got an email, telling everyone to do the end of the year check out, four days after deadline. You are not supposed to leave until you do this. They would never make it in the public schools. I blame admin and that is one reason I retired.