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How hard do you work here?

View Poll Results: How does your job compare to the same in UK
My jobs a piece of piss and fewer hours
4
16.67%
I work slightly longer hours
5
20.83%
I work much longer hours
4
16.67%
Workload is considerably more
2
8.33%
Workload is a lot more
5
20.83%
I have no life and live at work
1
4.17%
About the same as UK
5
20.83%
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How hard do you work here?

Old Jan 29th 2012, 6:09 am
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Default How hard do you work here?

Just a quickie. How hard do you think you work comnpared to a similar role in teh UK? Do you work longer hours harder work, or is it a piece of piss?
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Old Jan 29th 2012, 6:21 am
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Default Re: How hard do you work here?

About the same for me except how my work is broken down.

In Europe: 90% productive work, 10% office politics, backstabbing, machiavellian schemes and general bribery/corruption.

In ME/North Africa:10% productive work and 90% of all the other shit.

Not sure which one I prefer actually
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Old Jan 29th 2012, 6:30 am
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Minimum 6 day week on this particular project with hours during peak periods of programme along with Eid Holidays , Xmas and whatever else that gets thrown in.

Basically par for the course in the construction industry . I have a very generous leave allowance and a very competitive annual bonus scheme so its worth it .

I'd rather spend my time off away from my working environment if possible
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Old Jan 29th 2012, 11:22 am
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Default Re: How hard do you work here?

Not exactly a piece of piss but definitely shorter hours and much longer holidays.
Incidentally, categories 2-3-4 in the poll are virtually the same.
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Old Jan 29th 2012, 3:21 pm
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Default Re: How hard do you work here?

Any one from 2-3-4 here as well.

It can vary considerably for me....I travel to other parts of the region at least once a month and 12 hour work days are commonplace while away flying the flag.
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The middle 3 options are virtually the same.
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Old Jan 29th 2012, 3:31 pm
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Default Re: How hard do you work here?

I work a lot harder than I did in the UK, but the upside is I enjoy my job a lot more than I did in the UK.

The only downside is that my pay is not based on results/performance.
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Old Jan 29th 2012, 5:19 pm
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Default Re: How hard do you work here?

I understand the difference between workload and hours...

I'd say my workload (i.e. stuff I have to do) is probably about the same, but I now work longer hours as a result of having to work across more time zones and due to the increased level of phaffing that generally needs to be done here.

In London I could quite happily deal with the Middle East and America inside a single working day - now the earliest I can deal with the yanks is 6.30pm. I have to do this at around 3 times a week and it is just annoying.
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I understand the difference between workload and hours...
Glad to see there is at least one other person with a reasonable command of the English language
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Default Re: How hard do you work here?

less workload, more hours (figure that one out ehh) 6am to 5/6pm...generally i find i have about an hour to kip in the back of the pickup mid morning because there's nothing going on...
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