In our recent compensation survey, soon available on our Web site, many respondents noted they have been asked to work extra hours—going quite beyond the occasional overtime scenario.

One survey respondent, a field service engineer, had this to say:

Typically, if the job requires more than 40 hours a week to fulfill on a continual basis, there should be more employees to do the job. That is the basis for state and federal job laws regarding job hours. Occasional overtime is expected, but not each week—as that indicates either a staffing issue or related problem. Skill could be an issue in some cases, but that would lead back to related issues and a management problem.

This field service engineer makes a solid point. Have you noticed this at your facility? If you’re a manager, have you used this to make a case for more help? How would you suggest this employee approach this, without threatening his employment?


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