Would you work an extra hour for free?

@ronaldinu (12439)
Malta
December 6, 2008 5:08am CST
At our place of work they are holding a meet with the education officials regarding the latest education reform that involves our job. We finish at 2pm but the meeting will end at 3pm. Would you work an extra hour for free? © ronaldinu 2008
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• United States
6 Dec 08
sitting listening to someone talk is hardly work so yes i would
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@Humbug25 (12551)
6 Dec 08
Hi ya ronaldinu I think it depends on how I am paid and if I feel that it is part of my job to do so. If I was paid by the hour then I would expect to get paid for the extra hour. If I was on a salary then I take it as part of my job to remain behind.
@Pose123 (21660)
• Canada
6 Dec 08
Hi ronaldinu, It seems that most people today won't work five minutes for free, but I think it has to depend on the job. If someone is working for a big corporation, and being paid by the hour I don't think that they should be expected to work an hour or any time for free. However if someone is working in a profession, where their job involves helping others, lots of people do put in extra time because they often love their work. I know that I often worked an extra hour and the only pay I received was the gratitude of anther, but I always felt that it was worth it. Blessings.
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@Zezlol (409)
• United Arab Emirates
6 Dec 08
As a teacher, when else would you hold a meeting but after school for an hour or two? Would you prefer the weekend? I doubt it. You have to be realistic - it's in a teachers job to stay after school for these discussions as they concern the entire staff. So yes, I'd stay. It shouldn't really be counted as 'overtime' because, to be honest, teachers, when going into this profession, should have already taken into account that they're not really completing their job description unless they stay for scheduled meetings. It's quite an obvious 'obligation' (if you must).
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@AmbiePam (56588)
• United States
7 Dec 08
I've done this before. The last job I had required us to stay behind to go over a new program that was being implemented. Which would be fine, except we were going over it without being 'on the clock.' So we were working, but we were not getting paid for it.
@bombshell (11265)
• Germany
7 Dec 08
if it is needed and emergency why not?
@elitess (5071)
• Ipswich, England
7 Dec 08
Hi there Ronaldinu. I think that i would probably stay if i were in your situation. If this happened to me however, in a different situation i wouldn't stay unless there is a chance that this would help me get a raise or a promotion or something thanks to it.
@mtdewgurl74 (18159)
• United States
7 Dec 08
If it would help me to ddo a better job to keep me informed yeah. That is somehting that would help me be a better person/teacher in my work knowledge is power.
@Zezloler (497)
• United Arab Emirates
7 Dec 08
Yeah, I would probably stay. It gives an impression of professionalism to the person I'm working for and doesn't say that you're just itching to leave. It would also keep me up-to-date on the latest events and activities, especially if it's discussing something that involves my job. Even though I'm not being paid, I can see that attending this meeting could offer me a number of benefits and maybe improve my boss' opinion of me. =P Things always come up and an hour isn't really much of your time. =P It probably wouldn't affect you much. There's no other time to hold the meeting anyway - if it's not possible during your regular working hours - so I would think it's necassary to hold it at this time. I don't think it should be incorporated into working hours either. Keeping all this in mind, I believe that it just makes sense to go. =P
• United States
7 Dec 08
depends on how much i love my job.. if its a job i love i would do it but i think no one should work for free period.. if its a job i hated i wouldnt want to but i woudlnt lose my job over it if they threaten to fire me if i didnt show
6 Dec 08
Hi ronaldinu, Certainley not!!!, why should they take our time to work for them? no way, they are taken a p*** and you will mad to do it, you either paid or you don't do it at all. Tamara
6 Dec 08
Yes, I usually do especially if I have something that need to be done or love to do it, it doesn't matter if I am not paid for it as long as I am happy doing it and especially if I can make someone happy. Sometimes I have a hectic schedule and it's difficult to manage but I always get there at the end. It does really need an enthusiasm and courage to that way. It's worthwhile doing it!
@Chevee (5914)
• United States
6 Dec 08
Yes, if I love my job and my employers were treating me fair and with dignity. The company I am working for now no . It would be a cold day in hE&& before I would do anything to help those creeps out. Those low down dirty sons of Sams will not get any help from me.
@littleowl (7157)
6 Dec 08
Many a time when I was working I worked 1 to2 hrs free of charge before, though was not willing to the work had to be done so yes if the need be then would work the extra hour free of charge..littleowl
@saundyl (9789)
• Canada
6 Dec 08
On occasion I dont mind putting in an extra hour with no pay BUT when it became a consistent thing at one workplace where if you worked anythign over even if there were still customers in the building you didnt get paid...i was being shorted on average 10 hours a week of pay...my time. I ended up quitting.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
6 Dec 08
I would not. That is forced volunteerism. Would the utility company let you get one hour a month of ga or electricity free? Once they start on that, they will maybe decide that every day you have to work one hour in the classroom without pay and who knows when will this end?
@moondancer (7433)
• United States
6 Dec 08
yes, I guess so as I have volunteered many hours at work and not got paid for my work. That's one sign of a true workaholic. lol My co-workers use to tell me I was crazy for going in ahead of tme and working before I could clock in. I would help the crew before I had to go in. I'm just not a person that can sit still and must be doing something, so most of the time I was way early getting to work so I would go in and help out the shift before mine.
@kun2349 (23381)
• Singapore
6 Dec 08
Meeting is of no choice.. Usually meetings will be conducted after school hrs so that it will not affect any lessons or crash in any schedule for teachers.. Or u will rather the meeting to be conducted during lunch break whereby everything is in a rush?? lol =D UNless u are in the shoes of a higher management, if not, u will not know the full importance of a meeting.. If possible, who dun wanna go home early but be stuck in a meeting after a long day.. haha
@p1kef1sh (45696)
6 Dec 08
Generally speaking I feel that meetings should be scheduled within normal conditioned working hours. I have to say that the odd hour here or there isn't too bad, but they do mount up and you must watch that your goodwill isn't exploited. I lost track of all the extra hours I did when I was working. My conditioned hours were 37 per week. I routinely did in excess of 43, or an extra hour a day.
@rjbass (1424)
• United States
6 Dec 08
I am salaried and don't work by the hour so I find myself working a lot of hours sometimes. But, if I was hourly, I definately would work extra hours for free beccause I really like my job. Also, management will notice your interest and who nows what will happen the next time there is a promotion available. Who do you think they'll pick?