Cheating Your Company
January 23, 2011 11:05pm CST
We just finished with a major exhibition. I had 2 months of everyday overtime (without pay) and no week end breaks. I even had to come to work during Christmas and New Year because of the tremendous amount of work that was needed for the event. I was promised some compensatory off by my boss but that didn't happen because I still have tons of paper to file and I need to start marketing for an upcoming show. I feel undervalued and now I don't feel like working. All I wan't to do is to surf the internet and do everything else except work. I feel guilty because it feels like I'm cheating my company, but when I think of how small my sallary is compared to the amount of work I do -- try as hard as I can, but I can't force myself to write a sales email to sent to prospects. Grrrr... . Sorry for ranting. It's just so frustrating. How about you? Do you also "don't work" during office hours? Does it make you feel guilty?
25 Jan 11
Your actions is very normal. When you realize that your company don't appreciate your works and you don't pay worthy, you feel bored. So, you don't want to work. I think that you should talk to your boss about this. He's maybe too busy in order that he can be interested in to all his staffs.
25 Jan 11
Even my boss complains that this is a thankless company. He works 2x as hard as me and his wife and kids complain that he doesnt have time for them. He is now out of the country taking a vacation. He said the last time he did it, the company deducted his salary. Hopefully that doesnt happen this time.
• Bhubaneswar, India
24 Jan 11
Hi ddaguno, Sometimes these organizations seem to be so very the same all across. I did not have the liberty to do such kind of things as I worked as a teacher and so when I thought of doing the cheat I felt bad as my not taking classes the right way would have a bad impact on my students and I dont want others to suffer because of my sufferings. So yes, If I ever did cheat I would feel guilty. When I started working as a programmer I found this interesting and here too I could not cheat as cheating would delay the assignment. I think that is one of several reasons why I kept changing my jobs - I could not have a control over my promotion and also had no control of getting paid for extra work... At times when I felt the management could help I did approach them and many a times I was successful... for other times, I kept my resignation letter ready.
• Garden Grove, California
24 Jan 11
ddaguno no I have never not wo rked during the hours I was expected to wo rk.l worked in a library shelving all the media and I had no access to the clerk's computers. but I guess I was brought up with a different work egthic., If i was hired to work five or six hours part time I worked those hours, and did not goof off. you should feel that you are' cheating your company.maybe you would get more concessions from your boss if you did as good a job of working as you do surfing the net.Your salary might increase if you did not cheat and besides if you feel you are overworked and underpaid you should look for a different job.if you belong to a union you can protest the small pay and long hours. but cheating is just as wrong as your boss overworking you and underpaying you. you cannot have things both ways unless par tof your job is to surf the net.
24 Jan 11
My 'cheating' is having a sit down. I work on my feet all day and I feel awful when I sit down. But I'm luckier than you I think, I get paid for hours worked rather than a salary. It means if I stay back and clean/ prepare for the next event I get paid for it. However the downside is I'm not guaranteed that my paycheck will be as high next time. When I feel bad about my cheating I remember that everyone is entitled to 5 minute breaks. So surfing the net would be ok if you only did it for say 10 minutes every other hour or so to help you relax and do a better job. Find out if your state has laws against that overtime rule. It seems to me you should be paid for the work done and not depending on bits of paper that you would be able to put in for at least a few weeks.
24 Jan 11
Hello ddaguno, That's a very unfair treatment that the manager is giving to you, that's very unfair for you're case.who wouldn't get lazy if you're salary is low and had a lot of tons of work. i think it's not a joke when you send emails to propects and then the one who receives it thinks you're a spammer and then deletes the project. i always attend late even though i get paid only 20 to 30$ a month