I recently stumbled across this article called “Why You Shouldn’t Work off the Clock” and my first impression was “who the heck does that nowadays?” and then my second thought was “Hey I use to be that person!” In the sense of Organization Development (OD) someone who works off the clock is a nightmare. Usually, the employee has the best intentions in mind however as the article states it throws off the implementation of a new program, process, or procedure to the point the project manager may need to scrap the entire thing and go back to square one.
This no doubt will present a new challenge for organizations and OD professionals to overcome when constructing the basis of their projects. However, that is another blog to write for the future.
The first point was that “it is illegal” for employees to work off the clock. Many managers will not mention this point especially if they are behind in regards to production or a major deadline, (as they are more than happy to receive all the help they can).
There will always be someone who does not think they are getting paid the right amount for the job they do, for their loyalty to the organization when they are scheduled to work. By working off the clock, you increase the probability to include yourself in that number and the only one at fault will be you.
“Joi Su”, has been diligently working to help bridge the gap between what people expect in any organization and what they receive. Joi Su has earned a Master’s degree in Organization Development and a Bachelors in Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Behavioral Analysis. View all posts by theimperfectorg