Matthew Gates 2m 578 #leavingwork
The views of this article are the perspective of the author and may not be reflective of Confessions of the Professions.
Why Rush To Leave Work So Soon? You Just Got Here 8 Hours Ago
Work is usually a set designated time. Normally you get into work around 8 or 9 AM if you work the day shift, you spend about 8 hours at the workplace, and then you begin to stare at the clock the last hour when you know it is time to go home. After all, why would you want to stay at work for any longer than you have to?
Why should you stay longer? After all, you just spent 8 or more hours of your time dedicated and committed to ensuring you have done your job and the daily routines of the company have been accomplished. If your place of work has a set designated time of closing and everyone is out of the store by a certain time, than you might not have to stay later.
In some other workplaces, however, there might be a case where you must stay later in order to finish your task with a client, customer, or even attend a business meeting. Some employees will tend to push of their work on to someone else or tell the client it is closing time and that further transactions will be continued tomorrow. The other co-worker who received the new work must figure out where their co-worker left off and try and understand what is going on and how to see it through to completion. While it is sometimes good for a new employee to take on the work, as it gives a fresh perspective, it is not always recommended.
Unfortunately, most of you in the real world know this is not how it works. If you are working with a client, you must stay later in order to ensure the business transaction is completed and the client is satisfied. Some employees may get angry, upset, or mad at the fact that they had to stay later, often getting frustrated and taking it out on the client or their employer, instead of seeing it as contributing towards the goals of the company and ensuring the fact that they have a job to return to tomorrow.
What did you have to do after work anyway? You may have to rush home and make dinner for the family, and then? Well, sometimes staying later for work may require 10 minutes or an hour, and hopefully you do get monetarily compensated for it, but even if you do not, you should still think about the goals of the company for the long-term, and how it looks on you that you stayed after hours at work.
Staying later shows dedication, commitment, and respect for your company. It may pay off later in a review or promotion when your boss or supervisor sees that you do stay after hours to ensure clients are satisfied in the name of the company. If you find yourself having to stay later everyday after work hours to finish up with a client or customer, you may want to inform your employer that you will need to be compensated for your time, but if it only happens every so often, than consider it a favor to yourself and to the company.
If you have to stay later, consider changing your attitude towards the situation and do your best to be happy that you have the job. It will help in the long run with a content employer, a satisfied customer, and eventually, maybe a happy you.