gwen (gwenix) wrote,

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I have to admit that stuff like mandatory overtime is a part of why I want to remain sequestered in Academia for the rest of my life, but I also wonder what some of the consequences of these suits will be. See, I always sort of expected that eventually the industry would calm down on forcing people into crunch times, because eventually you do run out of people willing to live that way; I didn't expect there to be a great sudden legal blow to the practices. I suppose I should have seen that coming.

Anyway, I see potential side effects of this, precisely because it was a sudden legal blow, one of the big ones being less flextime for the tech industry. Hours would have to be more regulated to make sure that workers aren't in a position to sue for uncompensated overtime work, which means that many of the workers who come in lackadasically, then working until whenever, will have to stop.

And given my experience, this is a fairly common phenomenon in certain quarters of the industry, and has spawned a culture of habits set up around this sort of working life. How long before the culture built upon this lifestyle is then lost? Is this really bad as well? I always thought it brought employees together a lot more readily than any "Company Group Building Retreats" could do, but it also meant workers ate all of their meals with their coworkers more than their spouses and families (in one extreme case in my experience, one guy lived in his cubicle 4 days a week, and saw his wife and two kids only on the weekends... if then).

I dunno. Less hours enforced on people is good, I freely admit that. I'm not sure that a forced upheaval sort of change won't completely change the industry too suddenly though.

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