“I like my job and I’m a physical therapist but I wouldn’t work on Saturdays. Not worth it, no! I value free time more. ”
I have a friend who works overtime very often.
But what she has to do is not job-related stuff. Usually it’s her superior’s personal things.
But my friend still does it.
This kind of problem exists in Hong Kong as well.
For example, like nurses.
Not enough salary, but a ton of things to do.
If private hospitals can offer more money, then public hospitals will have a hard time to fine someone to work.
I know this Taiwanese guy.
He worked at a company where he got paid to until 6pm.
And he had to go ask his boss if he could go home.
And the boss said no, he had to stay, that guy wouldn’t get paid.
In America, that don’t fly.
It’s actually illegal to have you be working your job and not be clocked in and getting paid for that.
And if you do work over 40 hours a week, it’s considered overtime.
What overtime is, is it takes your basic rate of pay and then times it by 1.5.
Let’s say you are making $10 an hour, you would be then working for $15 an hour.
In the milk factory,
That was for the morning shift and the afternoon.
For the night shift we got paid a little bit more, maybe 16.5.
But the weekend is 12-hr shift.
On Saturdays, it’s paid 1.5. On Sundays, it’s double.
By law the minimum wage in Germany is 7.50
If you work after 20:00, it’s 50% more I think and on the weekends it’s 100%.
I worked in a few American companies in India.
These have flexible working hours, so as long as you get your job done you can do it whenever you want.
There’s this other extreme example of a foreign cellphone company.
Where you come 10 5 minutes late and you lose half of a day’s pay.
So in Delhi the minimum wage is 180 NT and then Bihar it is 75 NT.
And that’s per day.
“Do Japanese office wokers like to work overtime?”
Who likes to work overtime?
But Japanese office wokers really have to work overtime.
Some companies don’t even pay overtime.
We call kind of company “black enterprises”.
The German welfare system consists basically two different kinds of welfare.
The first one is when you work for two years in a raw.
Then you get for half of a year, I think 60% of your last wage.
But you are supposed to do as much as you can to find a job.
And after half of a year, you only get Hartz IV and that means the lowest amount of money you get for your living.
And you get paid for your flat, 490 Euro is the maximum amount of money you get for your flat.
To include electricity and gas and water.
I think 370 Euro for food and clithes and your everyday needs.
And you have to do everything to get a new job.
And that can mean you have to do really shitty jobs you can’t say “No, I don’t wanna do that.”
So the government pays you like 800 Euro per month until you find a new job.
“But what if you don’t find a job?”
They will keep on paying you, like, forever.