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Anyone awake out there?

Okay, so it's 3:11 a.m. and why am I online, you ask (especially those of you who know I don't have a computer or internet access at home).  Well, because I'm not home.  Because I'm still at the office.  Because I'll be here the rest of the night and then through another work day.  *stops a moment to do the math*  That means I'll be walking out of here to go home in just another 15.5 hours.  Piece of cake.

I stayed to do work.  Remember that "Just to let you know" post from a few hours ago?  And I've actually been doing work (and playing a little over in the WA world with the natural gas story).  I also keep checking my friends page, but no one seems to be around.  :-(

jenni_snake?  So when do you usually head over to the internet café, anyway?

crazybutsound?  You awake?



Jan. 5th, 2006 03:33 am (UTC)
God, Karen, is that even legal?
Jan. 5th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
When you're on salary, there are no rules.

Actually, it was my choice to stay (just like it was my choice to come in every day of the New Year's weekend). Peace + Quiet = Getting Things Accomplished.

You posting from work, or are you still at home enjoying a nice, leisurely late breakfast?
Jan. 5th, 2006 04:48 am (UTC)
Work. I'm crafting the masterpice that is my annual report, aka spamming the internets.

We have rules. European Union countries have working time laws, which limit the maximum working week to 48 hours, averaged out over a quarter of the year to allow for occational overtime (with a few exceptions for some medical personnel, deep sea fishing fleets, oil rig workers and the like, who can average their hours out over the year). And you have to have a 13 hour break betweek shift and take at least one continuous two-week holiday break a year. To stop you going round the twist, like.
Jan. 5th, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
Really!? (Not about you being at work, but about what you said.) We have those sorts of rules as well, but they only apply to people who are paid on an hourly basis. If you're on salary, you typically get better perks (bonuses, longer vacations, etc.), but the trade-off is that you're expected to work whatever kind of hours are necessary to get the job done. You're considered part of the managerial class and consequently more invested in the success of the firm that employs you. That's why you hear about 80-hour workweeks for junior attorneys and investment bankers, for example. In my case, I'm typically in the office from 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., 5 days a week, with lunch normally eaten at my desk while working. That's 50 hours a week without even breaking a sweat, and I've actually been trying to get into the habit of taking the first commuter bus in, which would get me to my desk before 7:00 a.m.

Want to trade places?
Jan. 5th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
Well, as a public sector manager with a 35 hour week, I'm perfectly aware that I'm spoiled rotten, but yes, the Organisation of Working Time laws are across the board. In the UK, I think you can give consent to exempt yourself, but in every other EU country it's enforced for all workers, I believe. Like I say, there are formulas for averaging out the hours worked over each quarter to allow for overtime situations, but your standard working week of 50 hours would be illegal, as would not having a proper meal break.
Jan. 5th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
And, given the choice, I'd choose a shorter week and less money over a long week and more money every single time. Your work schedule would be incompatible with my social schedule ;)
Jan. 5th, 2006 06:23 am (UTC)
Social schedule? What's a social schedule, lol? And did you remember that I also spend between two and three hours a day commuting?
Jan. 5th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
Well, those hours coupled with the commute is plain insane. I couldn't do it, no way. I wouldn't care what they were paying me. I walk to work. It takes ten minutes. My longest commute ever was about a hour each way, and was frequently less because I work shifts and wasn't hitting rush hour
Jan. 5th, 2006 06:20 am (UTC)
I want to know how Spain is going to take to the smoking ban and the end of the 2-3 hour lunch for government workers.

You guys definitely have some advantages where work is concerned.
Jan. 5th, 2006 06:25 am (UTC)
Spain will manage fine with the smoking ban. we did. Everyone pisses and moans before the thing comes into force and then complies like little lambs.

Yup, I think the US work regime would kill me. And it's not like our way slows economic performance or anything. Ireland is booming, as you can see from these figures
Jan. 5th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC)
Oh, California led the way here with the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars. Everyone adapted just fine (of course, it helped that our weather made it possible for bars to create outdoor seating areas for smokers). It was really very funny to watch how the New Yorkers took it when it happened to them.

Very nice numbers indeed. Do they still refer to Ireland as the Celtic Tiger?
Jan. 5th, 2006 06:38 am (UTC)
The Celtic Tiger term is considered a bit hackneyed at this stage, but overseas journalists probably still use it.