A Way To Success: Take On More Work

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Recent research by Harris Interactive Inc. for Randstad Holdings finds that the time is ripe for employees to take on more work. Full Story
Luke Harvey-Palmer

Revesby, Australia

#1 Jul 28, 2008
Nice post here for a relevant subject. I usually find Dan's work great, but I want to challenge some thinking here! Working longer and harder during a recession is not something I would recommend. I want to suggest we work smarter - and should be looking to work smarter all the time. there is nothing admirable about a personal brand that is inefficient, has a flagging family life (as they are never home) and thinks that hours in the office equate to better work! Here in Australia right now - there is a very open conversation amongst Governments and Corporations to look at challenging the conventional thinking around 9-5 office hours. Come on, seriously, as we experience one of the worst slumps since the Great Depression - let's put our thinking caps on and dig a little deeper to find how we challenge this post industrial 'brainless' model where we just work longer and harder. This model is just not working - costs are going up, quality of life is coming down, and only a very small percentage are getting any wealthier...and I dare not mention the issues with our health!

Fremont, CA

#2 Jul 28, 2008
I have no problem working 10-25% more hours each week, provided that the company pays me time-and-a-half for overtime. All my costs are going up: gas, heating, food, electricity, etc. so this would be a good opportunity for me to make some extra money while allowing the company to finish the scheduled projects earlier than planned. Thus, they would be able to get the product out to market sooner and begin making money.

My days of working unpaid overtime, however, are long over. I've been burned too many times waiting for stock options to mature as the company goes out of business or moves the work overseas. Many people already have two jobs, so the idea of staying longer at job number 1 is not an option, unless there is fair pay for working overtime.

American workers already have the highest productivity; and businesses have reaped the benefits. To give away even more labor without getting time-and-a-half OT pay is foolish.

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