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This Is What I Think Of Your Idea

Confidential to the entire world, and a certain young nerd who should know better: if you are always, always willing to work sixty, eighty or hundred-hour weeks for no overtime pay or comp time, then the managers you work for will never need to hire the people they actually need, ever.

I have more to say about this (among other things, about how “expected mandatory overtime” is a visceral affront to basic human dignity, rots organizations from the inside out by letting incompetent management flourish, and fundamentally undermines the rule of law) but I want to get this out quickly, so let me say just this: yes, there’s a distinction to be made between “this is a labour of love for a cause that I believe in” and “I am being taken advantage of”, but you do not want to gloss that distinction over until after it costs you your relationship.


  1. Posted June 14, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Permalink


  2. janice
    Posted June 27, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    I think at one time the term “misplaced loyalty” applied to such workers’ attitudes.

  3. Ben Hearsum
    Posted May 24, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    I couldn’t agree more. There are times when overtime is warranted and necessary, but in my opinion, if that’s happening on a regular basis that speaks of a problem with management.