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pkandel
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re: Workaholism rife in electronics
pkandel   3/6/2013 1:09:25 PM
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Frank makes a good point. While I work more than the 8.5 hours a day an earlier poster mentioned, I also mostly choose my hours and can hang out with the kids in the morning or afternoon before/after going in to work at weird times for global telephone meetings. So you have to measure the overall lifestyle and flexibility, not just when and how much people work.

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selinz   3/6/2013 7:18:03 PM
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I think the best companies will allow for people to work their 8 hour days and not be penalized. At the same time, companies should reward people who perform at a higher level and do more. Often this means putting in much more time. I also think that it's fair that a person should not expect to rise through the ranks working only 8 hours/day. That is essentially doing the minimum.

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Bert22306   3/6/2013 9:38:51 PM
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That's pretty much the way I operate too. Conference calls and even webex are easy to do from home or elsewhere, for that matter, and I take advantage of that too. All the more reason to wonder how long I would stay at Yahoo, if I were one of those unfortunate employees. My question on that score being, if there were telecommuters who didn't perform, why punish the entire company? Just let the bad apples go.

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rick merritt   3/7/2013 12:01:50 AM
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Looks like you have some good balance in your new photo, Frank ;-)

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metafor   3/7/2013 8:07:01 AM
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I seldom leave work completely alone either during the weekend, at night, on vacation, etc. My company happens to have a very flexible policy towards telecommuting and I don't often notice the extra hours I put in. I'd say my job never ends but that'd be misleading: it ends when I want it to end. As long as certain deadlines are met and I'm available to answer other designer's questions, there's really no time I "have" to work. The flip side that I put in whatever's necessary to get the job done. I'd say that's a good trade-off. I'd like to think most engineers aren't trading time for pay; they're trading complete pieces of work for pay.

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Loser99   3/7/2013 9:09:36 PM
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Why do alot of engineers tend to be workaholics? Because they are weak pushovers, not well-rounded and have nothing better to do.

old account Frank Eory
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old account Frank Eory   3/7/2013 9:36:55 PM
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LOL! It's been a great ski season so far, and still another month or so to go :)

Loser99
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Loser99   3/7/2013 10:06:33 PM
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Also, a lot of men hate their wives and kids and would rather be at work than having to deal with them at home.

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Jack.L   3/8/2013 1:07:22 AM
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The most surprising thing about this is that 100% of those surveyed did not to some work on weekends and/or evenings. I can't think of a private sector job where that would not be the case! There is another thing here, it is not necessarily about being a workaholic, but about being quality of product. It has generally been pride that has driven me. Pride in the quality of what I put out, whether product, process, management, etc.

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Ogemaniac   3/8/2013 1:56:56 AM
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I really don't consider having 2-3 evening conference calls per month with international colleagues to be a big deal. For the most part, my company is 8-5:30 give or take 30 minutes depending on the person, plus the random conference calls with Asian or European partners. We are lab-centric and are actually forbidden from being in the labs after hours or on weekends for safety reasons.

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