His Boss Said, “60 Hour Work Weeks Are Baked into Your Check.”
“You don’t have to make yourself miserable to be successful…success isn’t about working hard, it’s about working smart.” — Andrew Wilkinson
One of the best parts of having 18- to 25-year-old grandchildren, nieces, and nephews is that they do not think the way I did when I was working. Even how they communicate with their bosses differs greatly from how I talked with those in charge of me at work. They express out loud things I only thought to myself when I started working.
One of my nephews graduated college, then took a position as the assistant manager at a large retail company. He is salaried, so he makes the same amount of money monthly, no matter how many hours he works weekly. He does not have a timecard nor does he report his hours in any way. He is scheduled for 40 hours per week.
Over the last two months, he ended his scheduled workday and then had to complete administrative tasks that kept him at work for an additional two to four hours per day. He sought out his boss to discuss what they could do to ease the situation.
The tasks he was doing needed to be performed daily but did not fit within his scheduled work hours. During the day, he was on the floor with the associates and customers, handling problems or sales. The store was open 12 hours a day. When he arrived at work each day, multiple issues were waiting for him.
His discussion with his boss did not go well. The nephew explained he needed to work extra hours every day to perform the administrative functions of his job. During the day, it was go-go-go, and if he had some downtime, the employees on the floor always needed his help with training, a cash register, or taking a break.
There was more work than he could accomplish within 40 hours. He asked if his boss could assign some of those admin tasks to other department employees. He was the only person left in the store, working after everyone in his department had left for the night.
His supervisor had two suggestions. One was to come in earlier than his scheduled time to perform…