My first overtime

Philippines
August 13, 2010 9:21pm CST
I had my first overtime last night. Actually, it was an "ambush" overtime. Since I was still in training, I wasn't given any "real" work yet although I was already exposed to quite a number of cases and situations that may arise in my work and how to deal with them. It was a shocking experience for me but I still learned a lot. Anyway, that overtime happened like this: For the past week, my supervisor has been telling me to approach this certain other supervisor to train me on a certain skill that he is good at. However, that person has been so busy and he just said that I would just wait for his call. Yesterday, about one hour before work ends, he suddenly approached me and said that he's gonna teach me now and would give me real work. He gave me a crash course for about one hour, gave me a workload and then said, "I need that today, okay? Just overtime for today." Now, that's what I call an ambush overtime..hahaha :D Do you have similar experiences?
9 responses
@QTsmum (9)
• Canada
15 Aug 10
Haven't had quote that experience, but I do enjoy being busy at work. I find it hardest when I have NOTHING to do. That's awful (then you just watch the clock tick, tick, tick....Ugh. How are you liking over nights? I don't think I could handle it. I did enjoy afternoons though!
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
True. During my first few days at work, I had NOTHING to do. I was also counting the hours till I get off from work since I technically had nothing to do. And it feels weird to have nothing to do when the rest of the people are so busy. Anyway, I'm grateful to be busy. That means I'm doing something productive.
• Philippines
14 Aug 10
I am out of work now. But in my recent job, overtime was totally normal. I did overtime many times. Well, it's just a part of work.
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
Indeed it's just normal. That was also what my officemates told me. I was just shocked by my first overtime work experience. it's my first jib anyway, so it was really a weird first time feeling. Add to that is the fact that it wasn't planned.
• China
14 Aug 10
en ,i just encountered the same situation like you ,overtime training.... a lot of people sit in the meeting room for a training ,somtimes the training is helpful to our ability ,sometimes it is really boring ,but we have to sit seriously and pretend to listen carefully.... and another some overtime just give us some extra money ,but if too many overtimes , i think i cann't afford them ,i rather stay at home ,playing games or surfing on the net....
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
Too much unproductive overtime is also costly to the company so it is still important to limit overtime.
• United States
14 Aug 10
I don't work enough to get overtime at my job. But when hubby gets the opporutnity I jump for joy as it helps out with the bills oh so much and I am less stressed about finances. I hope you are able to keep going with this oportunity to put a few more dollars in your pocket.
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
Yes, it is indeed a great opportunity for some extra income but sometimes it could get too much physically demanding so I think rest is still important though.
@diogz22 (516)
• Philippines
14 Aug 10
As long as your overtime is paid I guess that would be just fine. But if your overtime is like " O Thank you" then that would be a different story. I usually don't have paid overtime but I guess I don't care about it. As long as I am currently enjoying what I do then that is just fine for me.
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
Good thing overtime in our company is paid, but there are limits so that people don't abuse. I also enjoy what I'm doing but if the overtime is not paid then I think I'm gonna cry (or resign). Because in our company, daily overtime is usually about 4 hours long and I think it would be too much if that doesn't get paid.
• United Arab Emirates
14 Aug 10
I used to do a lot of overtime when i used to work for a call centre. Since i have joined marketing this is not applicable here. We have no timings. There will be meetings anytime and anywhere. We need to manage and adjust with things.
• Philippines
5 Sep 10
Good job! I think you are really a very flexible person. In my case, I would still prefer the scheduled meetings than having them anytime and anywhere. But I belive you'd do great in marketing!
@p3ks626 (6550)
• Philippines
14 Aug 10
I never had that experience before. I also experienced having an overtime but I know that I was going to and it was not an ambush one. Sometimes my supervisor wants me to work over time sometimes but I always refuse. Now, he doesnt ask me to have over time anymore cause he knows I would refuse again.
• Philippines
26 Aug 10
I really need to learn to say no to my boss. Sometimes I just can't help it when he asks me to do something and then I say yes instantly. I should really learn to refuse like you.
@advokatku (4037)
• Indonesia
14 Aug 10
may more good if called "overtime impromptu" :) ... I've been asked by my boss overtime until 10 pm. The Story is, since noon, I had no job. Because there is no work, of course I had fun playing facebook and get caught by my boss. Unfortunately, other than to hear ravings him, the job my friend transferred to me and should be completed immediately
• Philippines
26 Aug 10
haha.. FB is banned in our office to save on bandwidth since our work relies heavily on the internet. But it's fun anyway. Yeah, impromptu overtime is more like it. Thanks for sharing!
@snowy22315 (46995)
• United States
14 Aug 10
Overtime is still good though allows you to make some extra money. I am a fan of overtime, but I have never een paid it, if I have worked over I have had to take comp time. Definitely not as good.
• Philippines
26 Aug 10
I'm not even sure if I get paid for it since I'm still a probationary employee. But I really hope it's paid.