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Is getting gowned or work part of your work hours?

  • 20-10-2022 7:58pm
    Registered Users Posts: 838 ✭✭✭Recliner

    Not a problem as such, but if I have to gown for work when I get there, is that included in my work times. For example, if I work in a lab, and I have to gown up to enter. If my start time is 8am, is this gowning up included in that? So if I start to gown up at 8am, but I am not sitting at my computer/microscope until 8.05am, am I considered to be on time.

    Also if this is the case, is this written in Irish law somewhere?




  • Registered Users Posts: 838 ✭✭✭Recliner

    I understand what you're saying, but I'm not talking about people doing what you say. To be honest, I've never noticed anyone taking too long to gown up, probably the opposite as they never wash their hands for long enough. 5 mins is allowed for gowning up (I did forget to mention that), my question is; is this part of the official work day?

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,702 ✭✭✭Chris_5339762

    In any hospital, anyway, you must be on the floor at say, 8am. Getting from your street clothes to your standard work scrubs is on your own time. And you're not allowed to wear your work scrubs to/from work.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 86 ✭✭Ahshurlookit

    If 5 minutes are allowed for gowning up then surely it is part of the working day. Otherwise, if it was your time you'd be allowed take as long as you want!

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,236 ✭✭✭Tefral

  • Registered Users Posts: 18,633 ✭✭✭✭Del2005

    You are allowed 5 minutes to gown up so you start gowning up at 8. If you weren't allowed 5 minutes gowning up time you need to be at your station at 8.

    But check your employment handbook or contact because that will tell you when you start.

  • Registered Users Posts: 838 ✭✭✭Recliner

    Because a few minutes each day adds up over the course of a year.

    I'm very happy in my job, and doing quite well. As I said in the OP, this isn't a problem but just something that has been a subject of discussion recently.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,109 ✭✭✭✭Flinty997

    When I worked in Germany, there as prep and unprep time of 15mins in the day schedule at the start and end of the day. Its a dedicated room. To get onsite we clocked in and out. So it was within the working day not outside of it.

    But it just depends on the terms and conditions of a job contract. No reason it would the same for everyone.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,123 ✭✭✭Deeec

    Im not sure OP if this is worth raising with your employer. As someone else said clock watchers rarely do well. Just arrive at 7.55 to be ready for 8.

    It works both ways - Im sure there will be times when you take an extra 5 minutes for lunch or grab an extra long coffee break and nothing will be said to you.

    If you raise this issue you will be on the radar as a potential problem employee - no favours will be done for you so proceed with caution.

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,109 ✭✭✭✭Flinty997

    I'm not sure clock watchers rarely do well it's true. Since the manager your reporting to it's doing exactly that, as are contractors or outsourcing. It's the whole push back against wfh is clock watching. But certainly you don't want to known for that and not your work.

    That said I wouldn't make a big deal of this particular situation it's too marginal and it's often expected.

    Don't take Mick but don't be a patsy is a fine line.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,223 ✭✭✭✭Dav010

    Is it a hill you want your career to potentially die on? For many employers it would not be an issue, for others, seeing you walk through the door after everyone else is already working, might grate on a supervisor. So I’d go with whatever is current practice, and if that means you gown up and be at your station at 8am, that might be the best way to go.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,254 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    If you're paid minimum wage then absolutely raise it with your employer.

    But if you're on more than that, then just mentally adjust your actual pay rate to take account of the extra 10 mins per day.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭bad2thebone

    I don't give a shite what my management think, I'm there nearly 20 years. Seen management come and go, young bucks thinking they can teach an old dog new tricks lol or because they're trying to impress someone else, shake us up a bit. Bad attitude from me I should be obedient to these guys, I know. Obviously not.

    When you're in the game a long time. You just coast along.

    I sometimes do tree surgery I'm an arborist as well as a craft gardener, horticulturist whatever..... I'm quite good at topiary too.

    I like to come in grab a coffee. Sit down compose myself, make sure I'm relaxed and focused. Then I check my equipment, taking my time. I don't give a feck what the boss thinks. If he wants it done, I'm the professional he's just a lay person as far as horticulture and pruning tree's are concerned. I'm the master, I go at my own pace. They wouldn't give a blind feck if I chopped off my leg. Seen a guy fall off a ladder pruning climbers, they were more worried about themselves than the guy who fell. Another old timer like myself, but unfortunately he was a yes man. He was told that the ladder was wonky and he should have been up on a proper platform ladder. But boss said it's blocking the window will only take a few minutes....

    Im a clock watcher too I love home time.

    I have no clue why people are obsessed with impressing the boss, you get a job to do, just do it. If you can't complete a project in your allocated time, you're useless in my eyes.

    Right now I'm in a shed in a woodland in Galway west out of the rain. I'll probably finish the job on Monday if this keeps up. There's a heater and good lighting a kettle and running water,a small fridge fresh milk here and the coverage is good. Sharpen the chain, make sure it's safe and pack it away would be a good idea.

    Great thing about this job is you can wear cool outdoor gear, dress like a lumberjack and don't need to go to the gym. I'd hate to be working indoors and have some idiot standing over me, watching everything, looking for more work than I can handle. Going to meeting's and the CEO telling everyone how great he is, welcoming the new attractive looking lady in marketing. She already sussed he's a creep. And he in reality an emasculated wreck, but he made his bed and his fantasy about having an affair with the new lady is never going to be a reality. Because she's interested in the rugged man in the lumberjack get go, or the sparky in snickers. Reality sucks

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,084 ✭✭✭dashoonage

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,254 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    Creative Writing course assignment.

    Only 7/10 IMHO, too many clichés.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 9,422 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jim2007

    Right.... and of course you never take five minutes extra at the water cooler, having a coffee, lunch break, being late or knocking off a few minutes early....

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,339 ✭✭✭Padre_Pio

    Exactly. If you're that concerned about an extra 5 or 10 mins, then take a few minutes break at some other stage of the day. Why does it take 5 mins to get dressed?

    I remember working in Duty Free in Dublin Airport. You had to be in the shop at 7am. The 30 mins it took to get from the car park thru security and down to the Ryanair terminal was not counted.

    I worked at a supermarket butchers counter too. Pants, jacket and hairnet on before hitting the floor. It took less than a minute. I'd come in at 7.58 and on the floor before the clock hit 8.00.

  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators Posts: 9,422 Mod ✭✭✭✭Jim2007

    Yes but most people are not happy to let other people make money off their backs.... Most people in you situation would have either moved up or gone out on their own. I very much doubt that your employers think you have a bad attitude - after 20 years you are most likely well skilled and cheap, why would the object?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭bad2thebone

    Thanks for the pointer, Wednesday is better. Less tropes on a Wednesday.

    But seriously I always wanted to work outdoors. My teacher in school one time observed me looking out the window at guy's planting trees. This was during the 80's , she said if you don't knuckle down you'll end up planting trees for the rest of your life.

    I not only plant them, but I also put manners on them too.

    Years later at a Bank machine on Bank place in Ennis I met her.

    She didn't appreciate her chaos magic prediction. Probably had a bad day, but she was impressed I went to college. For horticulture college back then, you needed an aptitude for the process, not much points. So someone as academically thick as me had a chance at third level education. Always a dreamer anyhow. Never fitted in a bit like board's I find it hard to fit in.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,442 ✭✭✭bad2thebone

    Ah I'm pretty secure financially, got inheritance years ago and bought a house and have no mortgage.

    I probably am cheap, but I don't really worry about money as I always have enough . Plus I love what I do, over the years I accumulated a lot of skills and I'm head hunted to take hardwood cuttings and do potting mixes for people who specialize in certain plant collections. I used to work after hours doing experimental potting mixes and trying to root cutting's as fast as possible. It worked.

    I do it for half nothing too, sometimes for free. I get more out of looking after the customer rather than looking after myself.

    Im probably an idiot in some people's eyes, but I don't care about what people think of me, or if they think they're pulling a fast one. I just like what I do and money is only important if you don't have it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,053 ✭✭✭sprucemoose

    dirty word? give over ffs. it doesnt matter how early someone gets there once theyre ready to go at the correct time

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,057 ✭✭✭✭Dial Hard

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,452 ✭✭✭the_pen_turner

    if its part of your job then its part of your days duties and days pay. if they want you to pay you from 8 then you start then , if they want you to start at 7,55 then they need to pay from there.

    legally speeking your at work.

    is it worth fighting over 10 min each day. thats up to you

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,165 ✭✭✭Sweet Talkin Romeo

    ya forgot to complain about da comma in board's in 2nd last line 🤩

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,109 ✭✭✭✭Flinty997

    Flexibility is a two way street. Once it become all take no give its time to move on.