The average workday here in the U.S. is 8 hours. However, there are those days when 8 hours just isn’t enough time to get everything done at the job that’s necessary.
When this happens, the boss will usually have to ask some of his or her employees to stay around a little bit longer. If you’re the person asked to stick around and help out, all I have to say is…
Oh sure, you may not WANT to stay at work for those extra hours at first. But, if your place of employment is like most places, they probably have a rule stating that any employees working more than 8 hours have to get paid their regular salary… plus EXTRA!
And how much is that “extra?” Well, it varies from place to place, but most of the time the rule is to pay salary and a half (i.e. if your salary is $12/hr, your pay rate for the overpay time would be $12 plus $6, or $18 per hour total).
Overtime pay is great for a few reasons. One, you get paid extra to do something you’re already good at. Two, who couldn’t use the extra money? There’s no way I’d turn THAT down – that extra money could be enough for a date night or a pizza – and you all KNOW how much I love pizza!
And three: if I don’t have anything else planned for those extra hours other than going home to watch TV, why not replace that with overtime and make a few extra bucks? I can catch all my shows online now and watch them anytime, but I might not always be offered the “overtime” opportunity. You’d be a fool to turn down free money, people!
Ah, overtime pay… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!
-Aaron P. Taylor