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    How Long Would You Work Unpaid?

    Seems to be many people are being asked to work with pay "deferred." How long would you accept such a condition before looking for a new job?


    I know what I would do. Skip one paycheck, and I'm immediately going somewhere I can expect to be paid on time. Of course, I don't work for the government. So, if my check gets missed, the company is probably going bankrupt. But, the question remains. How long would you continue working for no pay?
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    Re: How Long Would You Work Unpaid?

    Would the employee cafeteria still be open? Would I still have internet access?

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    Re: How Long Would You Work Unpaid?

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Seems to be many people are being asked to work with pay "deferred." How long would you accept such a condition before looking for a new job?


    I know what I would do. Skip one paycheck, and I'm immediately going somewhere I can expect to be paid on time. Of course, I don't work for the government. So, if my check gets missed, the company is probably going bankrupt. But, the question remains. How long would you continue working for no pay?
    I might not quit immediately, but I would be looking for a new job immediately.
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    Re: How Long Would You Work Unpaid?

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Seems to be many people are being asked to work with pay "deferred." How long would you accept such a condition before looking for a new job?


    I know what I would do. Skip one paycheck, and I'm immediately going somewhere I can expect to be paid on time. Of course, I don't work for the government. So, if my check gets missed, the company is probably going bankrupt. But, the question remains. How long would you continue working for no pay?
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    Re: How Long Would You Work Unpaid?

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Seems to be many people are being asked to work with pay "deferred." How long would you accept such a condition before looking for a new job?


    I know what I would do. Skip one paycheck, and I'm immediately going somewhere I can expect to be paid on time. Of course, I don't work for the government. So, if my check gets missed, the company is probably going bankrupt. But, the question remains. How long would you continue working for no pay?
    In my personal case, at this point in my life, I could go a long time without a paycheck.

    When I was 25, not so much.

    Having the guarantee that the pay is coming seems like it would lend itself to a Credit Union-type loan pretty easily.
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    Re: How Long Would You Work Unpaid?

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Seems to be many people are being asked to work with pay "deferred." How long would you accept such a condition before looking for a new job?


    I know what I would do. Skip one paycheck, and I'm immediately going somewhere I can expect to be paid on time. Of course, I don't work for the government. So, if my check gets missed, the company is probably going bankrupt. But, the question remains. How long would you continue working for no pay?
    What's the benefit of the hardship? If finding a cure to cancer resulted from me not being paid for any length, I do it. If stabilizing the border meant me not being paid for any length, I go for it.

    I mean, I received a few grades of A in school and I sacrificed a few pleasures in doing so. IT WAS WORTH IT.

    I suppose, for example, the higher gas prices in France are worth it for less carbon emissions in the atmosphere.
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    Re: How Long Would You Work Unpaid?

    All government employees should continue working. They WILL get paid.

    Just heard that TSA people get paid, on general, $40,000 a year. With all due respect, many of them could probably not get a job with similar pay in the private sector.


    Government employees, in effect, enjoy the fruits of socialism:

    1. Good pay.

    2. Guaranteed work. (Managers are loath to fire them -- for certain reasons).


    3. Good health care.


    Government workers should express their gratitude by continuing to work. Every day, they should thank God/Fate/Karma, etc. that they are one of the lucky Americans that work for the government. Those workers who are currently calling in "sick" are ingrates.

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    Re: How Long Would You Work Unpaid?

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Seems to be many people are being asked to work with pay "deferred." How long would you accept such a condition before looking for a new job?


    I know what I would do. Skip one paycheck, and I'm immediately going somewhere I can expect to be paid on time. Of course, I don't work for the government. So, if my check gets missed, the company is probably going bankrupt. But, the question remains. How long would you continue working for no pay?
    That depends on the job.

    Giving up a regular non-government job because the business finances were so unstable is one thing. I might work a couple of weeks while looking for another job, or simply ask to be laid off so I can file for unemployment.

    Giving up a Federal government job, with all those good retirement, medical, and other benefits along with a paycheck that is normally guaranteed and will be reimbursed fully if I agree to keep working? That's quite another thing.
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    Re: How Long Would You Work Unpaid?

    Quote Originally Posted by code1211 View Post
    In my personal case, at this point in my life, I could go a long time without a paycheck.

    When I was 25, not so much.

    Having the guarantee that the pay is coming seems like it would lend itself to a Credit Union-type loan pretty easily.
    I agree. Various accommodations can be made with the knowledge that the funds will eventually be available. Such things aren't unusual in business. They're just a minor, momentary pain in the ass.

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    Re: How Long Would You Work Unpaid?

    Quote Originally Posted by calamity View Post
    Seems to be many people are being asked to work with pay "deferred." How long would you accept such a condition before looking for a new job?


    I know what I would do. Skip one paycheck, and I'm immediately going somewhere I can expect to be paid on time. Of course, I don't work for the government. So, if my check gets missed, the company is probably going bankrupt. But, the question remains. How long would you continue working for no pay?
    Considering the pay scale and benefits that come with a hard to get government job, I would work as long as it took without out pay. I am guaranteed that back pay in a very short time, so I will lose nothing.

    I would hate to go get a job where I would actually have to do work.

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