Off the clock

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    Just an informal survey. What would you do if you knew one of your co workers was punching out, then coming back and doing her charting, all to avoid "getting in trouble" for too much overtime ?
    I know she is doing this. I know that my boss knows she is doing this.
    I work in a rehab unit night shift. 30 beds,2 nurses,12 hr shifts.
    I brought this up to my unit manager-she told me "don't worry about it."
    What would you do?

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  2. 26 Comments...

  3. 11
    I wouldn't worry about it.
    JBudd, beckster_01, Altra, and 8 others like this.
  4. 0
    I don't see a problem with this at all. She's not getting paid to catch up on her charting, the manager is not losing anything! Unless this is an ongoing thing , and if it is , she might need some better tips on organization and time management!
  5. 3
    Unfortunately I'm not sure there is much that you can do.

    Working off the clock is, however, a really bad practice....for reasons that other's have outlined on AN before. My only suggestion is to offer time management help so that she can get out on time--but, don't risk alienating her by being too pushy. If she is not receptive to help, well then, this is her problem. If she wants to work off the clock, that is her problem and she is the one taking the risks.
    Last edit by psu_213 on Mar 2, '13
  6. 3
    Why does this bother you?
    dudette10, Nascar nurse, and Sun0408 like this.
  7. 0
    I wouldn't worry about it...
  8. 0
    I wouldn't worry about. Just curious, why is it bothering you?
  9. 12
    It's illegal for an employer to require off-the-clock work in addition to the regular workday. If she isn't able to complete her required work on time, and she is required to get it done, they are required to pay her overtime.

    Now, if she isn't able to complete her job in the same time others are able to complete theirs, then that's another problem.
    nurse2033, Tait, applewhitern, and 9 others like this.
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    I'd only worry about it if your employer starts suggesting that all employees follow this practice. It's not something I'd ever do and wouldn't recommend it, but it's not really my business if a coworker of mine wants to work for free.
  11. 14
    When nurses work off the clock, either by working through their breaks or punching out and continuing to work, they do a disservice to all nurses. Employers will expect it and it promotes bad work environments.

    We must stand up for our unpaid time. Those who don't screw us all.

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