I will never understand why many bosses expect and demand that employees stay late at work. It doesn’t matter if you take home work to complete. They don’t care. They want to be able to actually see you at the office slogging it out beyond 7 pm at least. It’s infuriating to me. It also doesn’t make sense. I don’t think it’s productive. And I don’t think human beings can do this everyday without breaking down physically and emotionally after a while. There will always be more work. It’s never ending. It’s all about negotiating decent timelines and priorities. Most of the time I feel workers are being abused and made to do work meant for more than one individual.
I used to feel resentful staying in the office till 10 pm only to be handed more work by my boss at 8pm. Felt like I was being trained like a pet. Positive reinforcement and smiles when I stayed till late and scowls the next day or snide remarks when I didn’t. It was very obvious. What was worse is the stingy employers turned off the air-conditioning at 6pm which gave me such a migrane. I used to get home and feel so nauseous. I think it’s unfair to expect people to be seen at late hours and even worse to not provide them with decent conditions in which to work. And I used to feel so tired the next morning and lots of colleagues can be seen to be noticeably sluggish and lethargic after being in the routine for weeks. What was even sadder were those who took a break to have dinner and then to return and slog it out even more. And some did this on purpose because you could only claim taxi fare if you stayed till 9.30 pm at least. You needed to show the taxi receipt as proof.
Please, please Singapore. I’m begging the people in control. Can we have better work life balance. Not just in the form of empty slogans, but in reality. There is no way the birthrate is going to go up this way. Young people probably don’t even have the time to go out, socialize or date.