I’ll try and keep this short. And i realise this isn’t the best kind of question for a stack exchange site so apologies in advance.
Long story short, management consistently set arbitrary deadlines for features without consulting development to determine whether this is feasible/realistic. We’re trying to get PI planning in place to combat this a little for the future.
But, for now, we’re faced with this.
We have a situation where extra hours are being asked for including over the weekend. Best we’re getting is TOIL (time off in lieu) back at a ratio of 1:1. This is ridiculous in my opinion but i suppose better than some companies that don’t give you anything back.
I’m not the kind of guy to shy away from expressing my honest opinion. Though i do it politely and with respect.
I have said i refuse to work this weekend. Recently, health and family life has suffered a lot due to extra hours at work.
I got the “there’s an expectation”, “business requirement” and “support our partners across the pond” speech.
In fairness to my manager, they respected my decision particularly based on health grounds. But i don’t like being made to feel like not sacrificing and compromising is not okay.
Other colleagues are told the same crap.
Also, we have a situation where there are contractors and work permit holders on the team who are afraid to say no to this kind of thing. No disrespect meant to them. They’re nice people and i sympathise with their position that forces them into this. But this also puts us in a worse position. Because if they say yes then why do we say no?
We are a site in Ireland working for an American company and are often pressurised to make sure we support our “US partners”. There’s a bit of a “serve the master” syndrome going on.
I should mention that I’m hard working, known for being so (including by management) and often stay late to get things done. I’m a lead developer and have received favourable reviews over the years at this company. The fact that i already put in so much and sacrifice makes the requests for even more time as an expectation all the more irritating.
Basically, we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. But would love to hear what you guys think.
Thanks for your time.
Note: Please forgive typos and lack of capitalisation for i. I’m on mobile using gboard and it doesn’t auto capitalise i.
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