In a recent interview, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg made the following comment that has sparked debate about working hours, “I walk out of this office every day at 5:30 so I’m home for dinner with my kids at 6, and interestingly, I’ve been doing that since I had kids. I did that when I was at Google, I did that here, and I would say it’s not until the last year, two years that I’m brave enough to talk about it publicly.”
What’s been startling about Sandberg’s admission, especially for those in the technology field, is that it raises the question: is it OK to work standard hours in today’s competitive marketplace and uncertain economy?
An article on CNN.com delves into this issue and explores other possible biases about working hours, such as balancing home and work life, single workers versus those who have a family, and new technology that allows some workers to continue working even after they come home from the office.
For more information, you can read the full article here.
Not only can today’s technology make an employee feel pressured to work longer than required, a worker might feel obligated to extend their tasks or working hours simply to keep their jobs. However, there are wage and hour laws that protect a worker’s rights. If you feel that you’ve been pressured to work longer hours without being adequately compensated, you may have a case. Contact the attorney team of O’Connor Law for a free review of your case.