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Challenge of the Week: Stay A Few Extra Minutes 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.