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July 1st, 2005

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05:58 am - Do the corporate hokey-pokey....
Well, things finally came to a head with the new policy: We are being required to take an unpaid lunch break of 30 minutes a day. Apparently, California law requires this and, since we have offices there, the corporate policy is being laid down for the whole of the company. A brief email exchange with my manager made it clear that taking this unpaid break at the end of my shift (after I clock out for the day) is unacceptable. So it looked like this was going to mean a 5% reduction in my paid hours (my shifts going from 10 hours per day to 9.5 hours per day). I hashed this out with my manager, however, and that is not the case; my shifts will now, officially be 10.5 hours per day and I'll be expected to clock out for some time in the middle of my shift. It doesn't have to be 30 minutes each day and it doesn't have to be every day.


That works out to a whole lot more flexible and reasonable than was initially communicated to us as employees. I was all ready to demand a corresponding 5% pay increase to compensate for the loss in hours (though I haven't done the math to determine if that actually works out) and that's a raise amount higher than I've received in the last three years. (I'm lucky to get a 2% increase.)

So I'm glad I don't have to fight that fight. Now I just have to remember to clock out sometime in the middle of my shift. I don't really take a "lunch" anywhere during my shift; if I eat a meal at work it's typically a late dinner as soon as I arrive. I'll grab a snack every once in a while, but it doesn't seem worthwhile to punch out for that. Maybe I'll just punch out and listen to music for a while. It'll be weird until it becomes routine. I expect that I'll be forgetting to punch back in more often than not until I get the hang of it.
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Date:July 1st, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC)

Take a break awready!

It is important to look up from time to time, or go walk around outside. The smokers do it all the time! And see how much happier they seem? Two five.25 hour shifts are much better than one 10 and a half hour stretch. Learn to knit, or do the crossword puzzle outside, or write poetry, or just muse. I swear by it. (I take one hour naps in the student lounge, draped over the furniture just like the kids...it's great!)
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Date:July 2nd, 2005 05:09 am (UTC)

Re: Take a break awready!

Oh, I take breaks. (The policy allows for two 10-minute paid breaks per shift.) What I was objecting to was the mandatoriness and arbitrariness of it all. It was coming down as "you must be paid for 30 minutes less each shift!" when, in actuality, it's just another silly compliance requirement and as long as we don't break it too flagrantly, it won't be a problem.

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