Is working late night is necessary for a good employee

Sri Lanka
October 28, 2009 12:07am CST
Hey folks, most of the companies and people believe that a good employee should be much dedicated and should always work at late nights. I totally disagree to this point, I usually like to work at the day time, and I think it is much productive than working late at night. I love to go to work as early as possible and give the maximum in the day time. Morning is the most productive and I believe working at night does not give the maximum potential we have. Any ideas about this matter, because this has been a real trouble for me since most of the people ask me to work at late night.
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@solared (1209)
• United States
28 Oct 09
No, but if they paid me for my time I would soak up all the hours they let me, most I have worked is a little over 16 hours in one day.
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@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Oct 09
damned right solared with 12 percent unemployment in Ca and orange country and my son still out of work for 11 months, he would jump for joy to work any hours asked of him.
• Boston, Massachusetts
28 Oct 09
Hi Sachitra, Working late hours is not a good sign that an employee is doing well with his/her job. We are given 8-hours to work on our target goals for the day and if we’re not able to accomplish it and it’s becoming habitual we need to evaluate what are the factors causing the delay to deliver targets and deciding to work on late hours. Extending hours or staying late in the office to accomplish a certain task is not a measure that you are efficient. You have to manage your time wisely—
• Boston, Massachusetts
7 Nov 09
thanks for giving me this BR my dear friend!
@minx267 (14934)
• Hartford, Connecticut
28 Oct 09
I work 3rd shift So I start work late at night. Do I stay over in the morning if I am needed. Yes, I usually do. Because I know what it is like to be swamped by calls and have no one to help me answer them. So I hate to leave in the morning if it is VERY busy and leave everyone else in that crazy state. Is it appreciated..? I so not know- hopefully it is. Sometime I am just not sure.. But I get paid for it anyway. So I still benefit. :)
• Saudi Arabia
28 Oct 09
I hold the extrem opinon on the topic ! I think work overtime is to make a good impression on your boss and let him know that your are so different and work hard for him ,all the boss like the effient and deligent ,loyal workers and all of these will make you promoted very soon !in private owned company ,the more you work ,the excellent you are ,but you have to make some achievment on your work ! now I feeel reluctant to admite that we r facing very fierce compitition with the many talentd showing up ,and the compicated society..... we must learn to tolerate the pressure and burden ,and strive for wthat we are not having! till one day ,we will see the wealth belong to us ! we are better off from our efforts!
@maezee (39495)
• United States
28 Oct 09
No, I don't think a good employee has to work nights. A good employee..Well, I think that depends on how efficient they are - and how eager to do their job they are. The effort that they put into it. Sometimes that means staying a little late or working a little overtime, but not working nights necessarily. It doesn't make you a bad employee because you want to work early mornings/afternoons.
• Sri Lanka
28 Oct 09
You are right maezee, my point is also the same thing. I usually like to working from morning to the evening (sometimes a bit late, depends upon the work) and have some time with family. :)
@SViswan (12071)
• India
6 Feb 10
Some people insist on working at night...especially in jobs that are outsourced...and that is because of the difference in timing..and not because the employers want the employees to work at night. My employees never insisted that I work at night...my last workplace was a school. But when I started work in the engineering field...overtime was the thing...but again...at my workplace overtime wasn't required unless a work wasn't completed on time...and we were paid extra for it.
@taraelocin (1139)
3 Nov 09
Not neccessarily. There will be ocassions were you need to stay late to finish off some work if you are very busy at the time. I think a good employee has sometimes to make the sacrifice and stay a little longer for the greater good of the company. On the other side, an employee who always works late night is either not very good at organising their work or (in case of a manager) delegating, or he has far too much to do. In the second case the employee might get frustrated and leave which isn't good for the business neither.
@aerous (13461)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
No...My friend, I disagree that being a good employee should work late at night? Because if that is their measurement becoming a good employee I think there are many good employee of the year or of the month...Productivity and dedication is one of the best that I know to became a good employee...Have a nice day!
• India
29 Oct 09
even i go to work very early and even before any one comes to the office and i dont like to work late night because of many reasons and i am also disagree that a good employee to work late night because he has used up all his energy during the day and why to work in night
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
i also work at night. im beginning to hate my work cz i develop eye bags and i get so little sleep. accrding to what ive seen on tv always staying up late can contribute much to gaining weight. i really feel tired and sometimes i think of quiting my job cz i dont have time for myself. im a dedicated worker but it seems that im overworked and its not good for my health either.
@irene3184 (900)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
As far as I am concerned it really depends on what the situation is. If you are working late night at the office that normally means a few things: 1. There is no system in place that you have to be effective during normal work hours 2. Maybe there is bad management in place that doesn't know how to prioritize and therefore is not planning work in an effective manner where all the people know what it is that they are doing. There is a lack of understanding and managing which therefore leads to longer work hours 3. Procrastination is rife and you are not used to taking action when it should be taken and keep saying that it will get done later. All the above areas amount to bad project management, bad time management, no understanding or clear direction of purpose. There is no real reason why anyone should work late in the office unless they are trying to impress their boss, or they have not worked in the most optimum way to increase their productivity levels.
@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Oct 09
sachitra84 get down on your knees and thank God you have a job to complain about the hours ,as my son has been looking for 11 months now. If your bosses want you to work an extra night hour do it, and thank your lucky stars you have a job to complain about. a lot of people are now unemployed and companies that used to hear them are now letting people go instead. be glad you are employed. If I were you seeing the other side of the coin I would work whenever I could.
@salonga (27830)
• Philippines
29 Oct 09
I don't wanna be dull by working all day and all night. I don't think killing myself that way is a gauge that I am a good employee anyway. I seldom do overtime work that stays up late at night and so far I think my Boss considers me her best employee (modesty aside)! You are right morning is the most productive day. Evening is meant for sleeping so that we could rest. Let us not abuse ourselves if we want to stay healthy and productive all our life.
• China
29 Oct 09
Yeah,this topic attract me totally and actually puzzled me.work hard is a important point or the unique one of a good employee in my motherland.Boss always point the dedication and prised the employee work harder and less complain.but relax and refresh yourself,work with comfortable mood.
• India
28 Oct 09
No, companies never want their employee to work till late night. Yes it is true many employees have to work till late night. Employer wants employee to complete the work within stipulated time without compromising with the quality. Sometime to complete the work employee have to give extra time and it get stretch till late night. But if you can finish the work within office hours, your boss will not ask you to wait till late night.
• India
28 Oct 09
I do agree that we are tend to work late night due to hard deadlines in the project.. but this wud really affect ur health and thinking ability as well!! I hav bad experiences on the same!!
@rhan04 (309)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
I don't think that's a necessity nor is it a good indication if you are a good employee or not. Personally, I think it is based on you performance and how dedicated you are in your job. It just so happens that most people enjoy their job too much that their world practically revolves around it. I really don't think that's even healthy. We are all just human beings and our body gets tired too no matter how much we still wanted to work.
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
Hello, this topic caught my attention right away and got my interest because I am one who actually works at night often times for several reasons. There are things that we also have to consider why work at night. One example is being an applications manager, updating a system needs to be performed at night when there are no users online to avoid work interruption to a larger number of workers. So for sure, those who work at night may have their own reasons too which doesn't necessarily implies that they are good or not as an employee. For me, what is important is you are able to deliver what you have to ON TIME and most importantly, COST effective.
@larish (2193)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
I believe that quality time is better than quantity. It doesn't matter how he do it, either early morning or late at night. I am aware that people have different ways and motivation on how they work. A good employee for me is someone who can submit his deadline on time.
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
Hi sachitra, i dont also approve of working or staying late in the office. Though there maybe times that you have to stay because there are things you have to finish and deadlines to meet but i dont think you have to do it everyday. By law, we are only required to work 8 hours a day and beyond that your employer should give you an overtime pay. You have to be requested to do so. But theres always an exception,some employees depending on their position, has a lot of responsibilities that they have to stay late in the office or even bring their work at home. According to psychologists, this is not a healthy practice and should be avoided.
@zandi458 (27948)
• Malaysia
28 Oct 09
We should all work smart and not slaving ourselves to benefit others. We have to have life outside for some fun. All work and no play really makes life dull.