Do you work overtime and is it payed? If so, how often does it happen?
I work in a gaming company and we work overtime almost every day. It's payed but less then a normal working hour. It's because I live in a poor country where law doesn't mean shit. My company is supposed to be the best company in country (maybe even region) and we still get minimum salary. It's enough for one person to live on his own, but without any savings.
In the contract, it's sad that working hours are 8h a day, 40h a week, but we almost every day work around 12h (if we're lucky, sometimes we stay even 16h). The problem with my company is that they focus on quantity instead of quality, and I think this generally the global issue. It became so busy and hectic that no one even asks us IF we can/want to stay overtime, no one thanks us and we don't get any motivation or reward except some miserable pay for that. It's EXPECTED of us to stay because there's always work to do, deadlines are always near and if we say no to staying overtime we will get fired. No one complains about this because people are desperate to have a job and afraid of getting fired. This happens because no one is standing up, we all lick our bosses asses and play along.
This saddens me very much because it's a waste of life. We are supposed to work for living, not live for working! Even if it's a great company, a great job, a great environment, great co-workers and a solid salary... I think it's still not worth it. And this is globally getting worst, people work more and more and they forget to live a life along the way. I can't imagine life where I work all day during the week and then use weekends to just sleep. Why is no one doing anything about this huge problem? It's not just my country, I see this almost everywhere...
Most Helpful Guy
We get 1.5 hours pay per hour after we have worked 44 hours in a week. Our normal work week is also 40 hours. So for example, if I work 4 hours overtime one day, but normal the rest of the week, I have only worked 44 hours total and therefore no overtime. I am in Canada, and the more we work the more we pay in income tax. Once we work only a few hours of over time, it no longer becomes a financial advantage to work more because more tax is taken off our pay. Even though we are making 1.5 times our wage, it is almost like getting paid minimum wage due to the tax situation if you work too much over time, so it isn't worth it.2
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Most Helpful Girl
I'm in the United States and I do bookkeeping for about a dozen small machine shops in my area. All but 2 of them require the guys to work 10 to 12 hours a day and 6 days a week, 2 of them require 7 days a week. I do the payroll so what I'm seeing is the government is benefiting more from the overtime paid than the workers do. The guys who work 12/6 really don't make that significant of an amount more than the guys who work 8/5 or 5 1/2. They do make a little more but not enough to offset the loss of personal time.
I think the reason no one is doing anything about it is the fact good jobs are so hard to find. For each good job opening there's probably 100 qualified candidates. The employers know this and are using it to their advantage. If you don't like our terms there's the door, there's 99 others waiting to take your job.
Basically it's a supply and demand principle. When the demand exceeds the supply the cost will be high and when the supply exceeds the demand the cost will be considerably lower!1