@Dennis-------------I have found just the opposite. I work in
software in Utah, and for the past 20 years, I have had to work late very
rarely. Family-friendly employers exist everywhere in Utah if you look for them.
This is true of many places outside of Utah also. However, I recently had a boss
who moved to Utah from the east coast who told me that the biggest difference
between Utah and the east coast is that people from Utah go home at 5:30 and on
the east coast they stay until 7:00 pm or later.Sure there are
exceptions right here in Utah, but I stay in Utah because of the many
I've worked for 41 years now. Virtually to a boss if I wasn't on the
job early and there late I wasn't doing my job. On a few occasions I was
accused of not taking the job seriously when I was "on time". Working
for "Utah" management is a challenge. It's one of the reasons I now
live in Massachusetts.
Is leaving work late the new on time?Only if you got to work late or
are earning time and a half.Otherwise its being a chump.
I'm with you Kratz.If you have to pretend to work then in the
long run you hate your job. If there is not something important to work on then
go home and be a good dad (or mom).Bosses who want people to pretend
to work are lame!It's time to take our lives back.
I think for the most part, my managers have shared Kratz's opinion. Stay
late if the project demands it, but otherwise team members should go home at the
end of the day, on time to avoid burnout. People who spend too much time at work
start to resent their jobs and it affects their performance, as well as other
aspects of their life. While I feel that my willingness to work late does speak
to my quality of character as an employee, I don't necessarily feel it
directly correlates to my eligibility for promotions. Sometimes if
someone's working late it's because they've procrastinated doing
something. A good manager can determine quality by people's results, not