Office Lady asks this question:
I have a question, can anyone help? On our contracts, we are supposed to work 39 hours a week (excluding lunch hours).
So we all come in at 9 am and leave at 6 pm. But since we are supposed to work 39 hours only, we supposedly can leave at 5 pm one day of the week.
But of course nobody does and everyone works until at least 6 pm five days a week.
According to instructions, “of course??? we can leave at 5 pm one day of the week….we just need to inform our supervisors first.
I of course also work until at least 6pm everyday, but sometimes, there are things that I wanna do that I want to leave early for.
Should I really not ask even though I am entitled to it? :(
I’m fairly sure that this kind of situation is quite common. The rules say “work X hours a day”. Practically everyone works more or way more.
You can stand up for your rights, but then run the risk of hidden punishment – you may be passed over for a promotion or a raise the next time around, because you’re obviusly not as committed as the other people who work more than you do. This is of course total bullshit, as I pointed out here, here and here.
So what to do?
Here’s one suggestion: I’m a big fan of getting things out in the open where you can deal with them. What would happen if you raised the question at a department meeting?
Say it like it is: “You know, I’ve been wondering about how to handle this situation. According to the rules, we can all leave at 5 one day of the week, and sometimes I want to do this. However, I see the rest of you guys working and that makes me wonder if maybe someone would resent the fact that I left early. Also, I would feel like I took advantage of you guys, if I take that hour off that you never do. How could we handle this situation?”
Could that work?
Is anyone else out there in a similar situation? How do you handle it and what would you suggest?