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Salvage3

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Re: How to say "I'm hourly" in a polite way.
« Reply #30 on: June 03, 2013, 10:36:14 PM »
I think you did fine; but I agree with others that it will probably continue to happen.  I think it's time to sit down with your supervisor and inquire as to how he/she wishes you to handle it in the future.  It may well be that the supervisor will want to do so on her own and leave you out of it. 

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Re: How to say "I'm hourly" in a polite way.
« Reply #31 on: June 04, 2013, 08:27:32 PM »
I have complained for a long time that my work email is only available from my physical work computer--but I'm becoming more and more convinced that this is probably for the best.  If I got an email on a Saturday I might not be able to stop myself from answering it, then they would answer, then I would answer, and half my Saturday is gone.  Instead when I read an email Monday morning that was sent Friday after 5pm, I know that I could not possibly have answered it any earlier, and I don't feel bad about it and can relax on the weekends.  I just answer first thing Monday morning and don't even mention the delay in my email.  The only time I mention it is if someone's weekend email literally says "can you send me such and such by 9pm tonight?"  I feel that email still needs a response even though I obviously can't go back in time.  So that's the only time I acknowledge the lack of immediate response in my return email.  I just explain that I don't have access to email at home.  I've never had someone question it further.

I agree about hourly vs. salary not necessarily being the issue here.  Even people who are salaried have time when they are home and not working.  Salary doesn't mean on-call all the time.  Although Dh is salaried and has many responsibilities and sometimes has to work weekends when there is work that must be done; that still doesn't translate into the clients setting his work hours and deciding that he will be working on a particular evening or weekend.  For an important client will he answer the phone on the weekend?  Yes, if the voicemail indicates that it is actually urgent and can't wait until a regular workday.  If it is something that can be done the next day?  No.  He is not going to be held hostage by a non emergent situation.  If you don't apologize, it tends to send the message that you don't have anything to apologize for.  I think Dh gets away with not returning those non urgent calls until Monday because he never says "oh sorry I didn't call back Saturday at 10pm".  He just calls back Monday and immediately gets to business.