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Dealing with workaholic boss

Q. I think my boss is a workaholic and would like me to be one too. I no sooner walk out the door on Friday than the emails and texts start coming. He pays me for a five-day week. Where does he get the idea he can keep me on the computer and phone during the little time I have to spend with my wife and kids? Do I ask for overtime pay? Or do I tell him to bug off?

Ans. It's never a good idea to tell any boss to "bug off", especially in these dire time. Also consider that one in three employees get weekend emails from their bosses and are expected to respond according to a recent survey by Right Management. Monika Morrow, senior vice president for Right Management said "Everybody once thought technology would reduce the drudgery and make the workplace more efficient. Sure, technology has delivered great benefits to employees, but also crosses the boundary between the workplace and the worker's own private space. It seems one can no longer get away at all from work or responsibility."

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