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03 September 2014 @ 10:19 pm
Not too sure about this...  
I was given a home log-in to my work desktop today, and I'm not really certain that it's a good idea. Up to now, on really busy days at work, I couldn't be expected to work of an evening as well. But now that I can access my work desktop from home, it's a little bit harder to get out of doing extra hours. Of course it would be a bonus if I was short of sick leave and had to work from home for a couple of days because I was too ill to go to work, but that's about the only advantage that I can see.
I'm so used to working with two screens, too, that it will be awkward and difficult to revert to just one. Might have to see if I can log in from my laptop, and connect my big monitor to that as well so I have both screens running.
 
 
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Merlin Pendragon: Ordimrlnpndrgn on September 3rd, 2014 01:09 pm (UTC)
I was given a home log-in to my work desktop today, and I'm not really certain that it's a good idea. Up to now, on really busy days at work, I couldn't be expected to work of an evening as well. But now that I can access my work desktop from home, it's a little bit harder to get out of doing extra hours.


First, they ask you to work a couple of hours on a weekday. Next thing you know, someone calls you because he needs you to do something on a Sunday night :-(

'f course, I was IT, and I did tech support, but still? Off hours should be honored ;-/
miwahni: Random No place like homemiwahni on September 4th, 2014 11:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's a concern. Having said that, I know that some of my colleagues who have put in some evening hours have been given time in lieu so it's not all take and no give.
Merlin Pendragon: Bureaumrlnpndrgn on September 4th, 2014 11:47 am (UTC)
Having said that, I know that some of my colleagues who have put in some evening hours have been given time in lieu so it's not all take and no give.

Ah! That was not my situation. I was on call for what we called "production" side of things, not development.
Some developers thought I was there for them at all hours of the day/night.
It took a while (and me refusing to help them a couple of time) to convince them otherwise.
But there were over a hundred of them, and only one of me, so...
And I did not get a cent more if I got no calls or 50 :-(

If your time is replaced, then, it's not so bad. As long as you can "take" the time off :-/
miwahnimiwahni on September 4th, 2014 11:53 am (UTC)
That would be a pain in the backside - and also feels very unfair. I don't understand how people can try to take advantage like that. I know one guy who is in charge of IT for a company building a dam, and it's nothing for him to get a major callout in the middle of the night, only to find that someone's printer is not working.... people have strange expectations!
Merlin Pendragon: Bureaumrlnpndrgn on September 4th, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
I know one guy who is in charge of IT for a company building a dam, and it's nothing for him to get a major callout in the middle of the night, only to find that someone's printer is not working....

That would have p*ssed me off majorly!

I once refused to help a guy who did not have his password to log in from home during a weekend upgrade.
I could have gotten it for him, but all developers had been warned : they had to make sure they could log in during the week-end.

That guy called me early on Sunday (I don't really recall "how" early). When I had spent half the night at the office running the upgrade. I had been asleep only for 2-3 hours I think.

I was not happy.

He had to get in the office because I refused to get him his password...

I felt mean. But on the other side, nobody else ever tried it again... :-/
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FUCK TECHdraycevixen on September 3rd, 2014 06:21 pm (UTC)

I wish I had my mate Blythe's TRAP! icon right now. :D

We too can log in from home. It IS helpful on those days when you're too sick to drag yourself out of the slime and to work but are still capable of doing some (save those precious sick days) but it can be a trap. My department is pretty good about it but a colleague in another campus department just developed convenient problems with her home internet connection the first couple of times her office got demanding and they stopped asking.
miwahni: Random Computer says nomiwahni on September 4th, 2014 11:37 am (UTC)
I like the thought of convenient internet problems. Or PC problems, another good one. I do like the thought of staying home if I feel off-colour, without actually using up a sick day, though. And perhaps moving to a couple of days per week telecommuting, eventually. That would be ace.
Newsy: mad as hellnewsy891 on September 3rd, 2014 08:23 pm (UTC)
Run. Don't walk. I foresee you as a turnip and them trying to bleed you.

Granted, I may be biased as I'm feeling uncharitable toward corporate bosses in general at the moment, but yes, it is indeed a trap.
miwahni: Random No place like homemiwahni on September 4th, 2014 11:40 am (UTC)
I know exactly where you're coming from - and in my old job I'd have told them to shove it, but right now I'm feeling like it could be a good thing if I'm not feeling well but don't want to use up sick leave.
We have periods where work is really flat-out, and it's handy if you can log in from home and just get a couple of jobs out of the way, knowing that you'll get time in lieu. But like Drayce's friend (see above) I may find myself developing some very (in)convenient internet problems if it should start to be a regular occurrence.
KimberlyFDR: Paul Moviekimberlyfdr on September 3rd, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
I work at home on Friday mornings because I do 9 hours M-Thurs. Technically I have a way to do remote log-in, but it's hard. Therefore, I simply turn off the work email at 11AM Friday morning and anything that needs doing is done at 8AM on Monday :)

Honor your "you-time" and don't let them intrude.
miwahni: Random Computer says nomiwahni on September 4th, 2014 11:42 am (UTC)
Sounds like you have it all worked out.

I don't intend to be walked over, or taken advantage of; there are drawbacks to having a remote login but I'm trying to focus on the positive. I know they'll make it up to me if I do work extra hours, I'm just not sure that I want to.
Trepkos: Working by Catvampcrazinestrepkos on September 4th, 2014 07:52 am (UTC)
I have found it quite nice working from home for the day every now and then. Saves the driving time and my internet connection (which I need for work) is much better. Also, my office gets REALLY hot sometimes, and then you can't work. But I'm not someone who ever gets asked to do overtime.
miwahni: Pros I need a holidaymiwahni on September 4th, 2014 11:44 am (UTC)
See, they're the good things about having a remote log-in - if I could work from home a couple of days per week it would be useful as I leave home at 6.55am to start work before 8.30am, and while I knock off at 5pm I'm rarely home before 6.30pm. So working from home would save me around three hours per day in commute time.
I'm more concerned around the overtime scene; it's harder to say no to overtime when you don't actually have to come into the office to do it.