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Stay A Few Extra Minutes After Work [Challenge]

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Challenge of the Week: Stay A Few Extra Minutes After Work

Staying After Work

The normal workday is 8 to 8 ½ hours and usually can extend to 9 hours with an unpaid hour lunch break. For those of us who love our jobs, don’t mind being at work, or enjoy what we do, this is really no problem. For those of us who tolerate our jobs and do what we have to do in order to get a paycheck each week, the hours may drag and that lunch break is a pleasant break away from the hectic workday. When the workday ends, you may rush out of work like a bat out of hell and never look back until the next day. You do not care what happens when that clock strikes the time for you to leave and go home, and nothing is going to stand in your way. For this week, however, whether you love or hate your job, your challenge is to stay a few extra minutes up to a half hour after your workday ends, including Friday if necessary.

If you have done all your work or if your workday ends at exactly 5 PM or 6 PM, than this challenge may not apply to you. For those of you who can always stay and get a little extra work done, make another phone call, help another customer out, or even stay and help the boss or a supervisor with whatever they need, this challenge does apply to you.

Why might this be a good thing for you? Whether you are paid by salary or hourly, you should be committed to your job, your workplace, and loyal to the company you work for, and by staying a few extra minutes, rather than disappearing before the clock strikes on the final countdown, you are still working, showing your commitment and loyalty to the company. It may seem like no one, including your boss will notice, but if you do it enough times, they do make a mental note of it, and you may be rewarded in some way or another, even if not in a promotion or a raise, it still makes you look good.

If you cannot stay a few minutes to a half hour after work each day this week, choose one day out of the week and stay for an hour to finish up a project or some type of work.

Let us know in the comments what day you stayed, what you did or worked on, and if you found it helpful by staying, or if you stay at your job for a few extra minutes to an hour after business hours have ended.



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6 Comments

  1. JG says:

    It amazes me how many people do not even understand how work does not just end for everyone once their normal hours of operations end. I am salary based and am an insurance broker who puts in 6 days a week. Usually, about 5 hours of work on a Sunday afternoon to make sure that I keep up with my workload.

    Often of times, even in my own firm, I see people who leave the second the clock hits 5pm. People do not value their jobs as much as they value the money they receive from them. I make good money but there are still individuals who have more authority who do not put in more hours. It is as if they just put their hands up saying, "I give up, I'm done" than see what else they can do to make a difference.

    I put in the extra hours so I do not let my clients down. Many people depend on me just as many people probably depend on you in your work environment and it is up to all of us to do what we have to do in order to positively change our world with our work. I do hope to see more people my age start to see this difference.

  2. Hey JG, thanks for sharing.

    Only the second and third shifts on my team are willing to stay later to work on assignments that need to get done. The morning shift, however, soon as that clock hits 5 PM, they are out. No goodbye, no letting us know what work they left us. Whatever work is left unfinished, we find out about it eventually from the project managers we work with, and we're the ones who have to pick up their slack.

    The same complaints come from the Project Manager Team.. the morning and day crews leave soon as that clock strikes 5 PM and they don't brief the next shift or prepare them for whatever they are about to encounter, sometimes leaving work for hours, with clients calling us to figure out why they haven't heard from us.

    So this challenge was definitely thought up to get people to stay at work, take their work more serious, and realize that every shift is a part of the team as a whole. One shift messes up, the entire company looks bad. Sometimes all it takes is an extra 10 minutes just to let everyone know how their shift went, update them, etc. At 5 PM or 6 PM, where is everyone rushing? Into traffic?

    I work the night shift so I leave the office at midnight. No traffic for me. However, there are definitely nights in the office where I'm still working until 2 AM in the morning. Whatever it takes, I have to get my job done so the morning crew doesn't come into work from the night before. They complained about us leaving work for them.. but they have no second thoughts about leaving work for us.

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  • The normal workday is 8 to 8 ½ hours and usually can extend to 9 hours with an unpaid hour lunch break.
  • For those of us who love our jobs, don’t mind being at work, or enjoy what we do, this is really no problem.
  • For those of us who tolerate our jobs and do what we have to do in order to get a paycheck each week, the hours may drag and that lunch break is a pleasant break away from the hectic workday.
  • It may seem like no one, including your boss will notice, but if you do it enough times, they do make a mental note of it, and you may be rewarded in some way or another, even if not in a promotion or a raise, it still makes you look good.