Saturday, January 26, 2008

Survey: Most feel pressure to work unpaid hours

I asked Gannett Blog readers if they feel pressure to work without getting paid. The poll isn't scientific, of course. But it does give a snapshot of what some employees are thinking. Based on 66 responses this week, the breakdown:

  • Yes: 69%
  • No: 30%

Note: Figures don't total 100 because of rounding.

The survey has ended, but you may use this link to e-mail feedback and tips. See Tipsters Anonymous Policy in the sidebar, upper right. Or leave a note in the comments section, below.


  1. Since this is just a yes or no question, I wonder if it best reflects responses of staffers who get paid hourly and feel they need to work unpaid hours or would some salaried managers be weighing in here regarding pressure to work even longer hours than they used to without receiving any extra compensation.

  2. I hope it reflects both employee groups. But I see your good point. I'd consider surveying on this topic again in the future if someone wants to suggest a differently worded question.

  3. How about "How is your newsroom doing 'more with less'?"
    - More staff overtime
    - Hourly staffers doing more on their own time
    - Salaried managers taking on more workload
    - More unpaid interns
    - "Citizen news"


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