Early to Work or Stay Overtime?

@whyaskq (7531)
Singapore
September 2, 2009 10:14am CST
I often thought most people who are entitled to overtime pay would want to stay back after office hours to complete whatever backlog there is. I was surprised to learn from a client that she comes 2 hours early in the morning. She starts work officially at 8 am and knock off at 5pm. That got me thinking... I would rather stay later than sacrifice the extra 2 hours of sleep in the early morning. How about you, my friends? Will you rather go to office earlier 2 hours rather than stay back 2 hours later after work?
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@SomeCowgirl (32255)
• United States
2 Sep 09
Well I think it would depend on how far I would have to travel, etc. I'd rather go early in the morning if I have to travel far because I'd rather it be daylight when I got into my car and left wherever I was working. Now, if it wasn't that far I wouldn't mind at all, I know I'm safe in the county I live in... On another note, I'd rather get the work done because it's going to be quiet in the morning, that and it'd look better on me. However, I despise office positions and what they stand for for the most part, so you wouldn't see me in that line of work... EXCEPT MEDICAL OFFICES.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
I too prefer to see daylight if I need to travel far but wouldn't the sky be dark too if I need to set off early in the morning? I guess we have preference for a fresh start. Out of curiosity, what line of work do you prefer?
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• United States
3 Sep 09
I completely agree that it is directly related to travel.
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3 Sep 09
Its the same here too. I prefer to go early because of travel and work, which can be done peacefully in the wee hours of morning. But then it again depends on what kind of work you actually do. If you do a work which has a lot of dependancy on other teams or people, then you have no choice but to come during the regular office hours. But luckily I have a stand-alone work and I can be flexible with my working hours. All I have to make sure is to finish my bit and work 8 hrs a day as per my contract.
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@vaishalik (237)
• India
3 Sep 09
It depends on the work & also the distance. If the work is complicated, i will prefer to do it in the morning with fresh mind. Everyone can work speedily & with consontrated mind in the morning than after office hour when he is most tired.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
I do agree one is at best state when fresh. I happen to work best at 1-2 am when it involves complex thinking.
@dreamr802 (986)
• United States
3 Sep 09
I personally would stay after work...lol, I definitely need my sleep. I am usually cranky if I don't get enough sleep and I am definitely not a morning person whatsoever.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
Bingo! You speak my mind.
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
3 Sep 09
I used to work in an office and mornings were not fun. I mean in most offices you have to dress accordingly which is time consuming. I'd stay later if need be. I even at times came in on a Saturday if I had to if there was work to be done. Actually now that I think on it....I don't know as we could have come in early. The company did not want people in the building that early and before supervisors and whatnot were in. I think the building may have opened up a half hour before hand but certainly not two hours. After hours even we were only allowed to stay a certain amount of time. Either way....2hours early in the morning would be just too much for me.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
You have a point - restricted by the building opening hours. An hour earlier in the morning is already too much for me. Thank you.
@marctiu (830)
• Philippines
3 Sep 09
I would rather stay late overtime than going to work so early. It doesn't matter what time your work is. The only thing that matters is how you rest your body so that you can work efficiently and effectively.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
I guess you are a night owl :P
@rj4pau (216)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 09
I would rather stay back late and avoid the traffic jam. But in the case of the work had to be finish by noon, I gave an exceptional. I would come slightly earlier in the morning just to make sure everything is in order. Anyhow, I try not to spend extra hour in the office as some employer take that as you were not efficient enough to finish your job during the working hours.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
Point of efficiency noted. good one. However, some bosses prefer to see their staff work extra hours by loading more work for them. LOL.
• United States
3 Sep 09
I think it would depend on my commute. If I get off at 5 & have to drive the hwy's then perhaps I'd appreciate leaving later so I'd miss the rush hour. But if I started earlier I'd miss the morning rush hour. I think though that earlier in the morning would work best provided you do not have other commitments it could potentially interfear with.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
Beat the morning rush - a valid point. good. End late can also beat the evening peak hours :P
• Singapore
2 Sep 09
Hi bighead, I think this kind of thing is to each his own. Maybe you like lazing in the morning and sleeping late... then go late come home late lor. Some people wake up especially early maybe because they want to avoid looking into the face of their hubby or wife. It is understandable. Usually people marry on the spur of the moment but I digress. Anyhow, you like go early then go early. Like go late then go late lor.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
My second laughter of the day! Thank you for the reason why people wake up early. It is simply amusing when I read it :)
• United States
2 Sep 09
I think for me it would depend on what time of the day I worked. Now in that situation I would rather come in early - maybe not 2 hours but I wouldn't mind coming in around 7 because when you think about dinner plans and what not, after working a long day you're going to want to go to sleep and I'd rather still eat dinner early and not have to go to bed right after, whereas otherwise you'd be eating around 8 and then going to bed at like 9 or 10.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
Good. You have healthy life style :)
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
2 Sep 09
I would have rather stayed over also. My husband on the other hand would rather go in early. He says he gets more done that way.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
I guess going early has no disturbances and one can work in peace.
• France
2 Sep 09
I'd like to saty overtime ranther than go to work early, just like now. I'd like to have a very good sleep every night, and unhappy if my sleep is broken in the morning by other things( for example, the clarm, the cry, or even the bright light maybe wake me up), i will feel tired all the day, and also have no mood to work. So the efficiency of the work will very low. On the other hand, i'd like to sleep late in the evening, so i have enough time to do what i like to do, and hardly be distrubed by other bodied or other things. So if it is necessary to add working time, i'd like to stay late but arrive early. Of course, the best way is to finish work in the working time. That is good. hehe
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
3 Sep 09
can work ever be finished? lol. The ability to be flexible is good :)
4 Sep 09
I'm not a morning person so I'd rather work overtime. Actually, I'd rather start work after lunch! LOL
@caver1 (1765)
• United States
3 Sep 09
I would prefer earlier. The shop I work at opens at 10 am and my part-time hrs are 10 - 2. If I need to get in a few extra hours the morning works better for me. I would be up anyway to take my kids to school, so it is easy to just go on to work. I can get some jobs done before the shop opens for business.
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@grace118224 (1040)
• China
3 Sep 09
If possible i would like to be early to work . I've already found that in early morning working is a relaxing and comfortable thing to me . I feel so good to do things in the early morning . Actually i wouldn't like to work overtime in the evening especially now i have been married and have got a baby. I would like to spend more time in the evening with my family and my baby.
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@rainmark (4302)
3 Sep 09
Maybe it depends on how far is my workplace and if i have other responsibilities back home. When i have a small baby that needed to be pick around 5pm, so i need to start work early. Buti have no other responsibility and my house is just nearby i rather stay overtime and enjoy my extra 2 hours in bed in the morning.
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• United States
3 Sep 09
I think I would rather go in early and have more time to myself later in the day. I am not a morning person at all, but I also hate the feeling that I go to work, then go to bed, then get up and do it again, with no life in between! Having said that I was laid off from my job in February (the company closed) and still haven't found anything, so any job with any hours would be welcome right now...lol
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@underdogy (700)
• Thailand
3 Sep 09
When i was working in a contact center, everyone is entitled to overtime pay. Most of my peers stay there for couple of hours to render overtime because the OT pay is quite good enough. I sometimes do that if i need some extra cash during payday. I would surely go on overtime if everyone is entitled but if it's not, I'll probably do the best i could to finish things up. With regards to your question weather go to office 2 hours earlier or stay back 2 hours later, I would choose to work 2 hours later. Just like you i can sacrifice my 2 extra hours of sleep. I love sleeping hehe.
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• China
2 Sep 09
I like early to work not stay overtime.I always wake up at six in the morning and sleep at ten in the evening.The regular schedule makes me the choice.I want to get more things done as early as possible.Efficiency and speed are my principle.At night,I like relaxing myself on the sofa,having drinks and reading magazines.It's my life style.Two hours earlier for me is reasonable.
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@amoyube1980 (2233)
• Somalia
2 Sep 09
Im a sleepy head... I'd rather maximize my sleep because it is most probable that i'll also probably be maximizing my day... so I need all the energy I can get..
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@Mayuko (1271)
• United States
27 Jan 12
It depends on the time I go in to work. If work starts at 8AM, then I wouldn't want to go in 2 hours early. But if it were 9:30 or later, then I wouldn't mind going in earlier. Sometimes, i find I'd rather get things done earlier in the day than later. This hasn't happened with me with a job, but with schoolwork. I'd rather go to the campus an hour early if I need to go to the library, rather than stay after classes an hour later. After the day is done, it's the hardiest thing to force myself to stay later than I should. If I go in early, then the extra work is already done after school. I'm always glad when I can rush home after class