2019中学生创新英语综合测评优秀作品展(十一)——夏文彧

2019中学生创新英语综合测评优秀作品联展开始啦!以下作品来自广东省广州市执信中学的夏文彧同学,辅导老师为林佩华。

 Overtime Working:Self-adjustment Is the Key

夏文彧 

广东省广州市执信中学

辅导老师:林佩华

Nowadays, the 996 schedule  has become a popular and controversial topic. This working system asks workers to work 10 hours a day and six days a week, which requires a lot more time than average working hours at present. Some people believe that this is a result of the current trend in overtime working, but others say that it's conducted for higher company profits. From my point of view, working longer at work or working after work is acceptable, but the 996 system is far beyond the limits.

Is it a necessity for us to work overtime to prove ourselves hard-working? Not quite. The IT workers, for instance, may not stay in the company as long as others do, but they contribute to their workplace through innovation. In this case, their efforts cannot simply be judged by working hours. Moreover, lengthening working time has no direct connection with more success. If the efficiency is low, people are still less likely to devote more than they do before in spite of more hours in the offices. So I believe that situation differs from person to person, and instead of simply working overtime, finding out how to improve the efficiency should be the real concern.

Another point is that nowadays many employers are making it compulsory to work longer than the maximum of overtime hours with no extra pay, which not only places burden on staffs but also causes drawbacks on the development of the company. As for employees, being asked to do appropriate amounts of extra work is acceptable, but in fact many of them, especially new-comers, are frequently required to work far more. For one thing, this surely takes up more of the spare time they need to cope with other problems in life, like family issues. Consequently, they are likely to get stressed about finding a balance between work and . For another, this goes against justice and the workers lost their legal rights. Working in an environment where people complain all day can lead to anxiety and little passion. In this way, it's possible for workers to get involved with health issues and have low concentration on work, which won't be beneficial to the company. As for the company, making profits from labour is normal, but when this aims to extract every drop of value from the staffs, it becomes unreasonable. If this situation goes on, eventually those who own excellent abilities may leave for other spots. So a company built on the sacrifice of its workers has small possibility to develop sustainably, as it lacks innovation and enthusiasm.

However, proper overtime working, in fact, is proved effective. Working longer do help workers learn more about their jobs and practise their abilities. Also, for some people who are free with energy after work, they can make extra money. What's more, working longer to have the task in hand finished in that very day gives you a feeling of achievement and relief, which can make it easier for the next day since you don't have to pick up your leftover work and worry about the missions you are to accomplish that day.

Up to now, the 996 schedule has been applied in some companies, and at present it's difficult to change immediately. So for workers under the 996 schedule which demands much longer time at work, the following are some of my advice. First and foremost, consider whether you can keep up with this system. People vary from each other in endurance, health, living conditions, perseverance and so on, so try to accept the change if you are available physically and mentally and take this as a way to train yourself, or adapt to it or leave if you believe this stresses you out or the drawbacks outweigh the advantages. Apart from that, if you choose to stay, it's crucial to find ways to keep yourself comparatively relaxed both at work and after work. During working hours, you can take regular breaks to enjoy a cup of drink, chat with your co-workers, listen to a song or do anything you prefer within your rights. Afterwards, you can go to a gym or watch some movies to be in a pleasant mood. The key is to make suitable self-adjustments, which also requires you to stay positive and try to do your best, but you shouldn't push yourself too hard at all times.

From my perspective, I can accept a job with demanded schedules. To start with, it's a common phenomenon for workplaces to set up working routines to ensure discipline and efficiency. I personally believe that without a timetable to have your day organized, it would be a catastrophe because people don't always have adequate determination to do the things they are not fond of and the company would be in chaos for which people behave in the way they like. Furthermore, patient and energetic as I am, I can fit myself into reasonable rules and do my part of the job quietly if necessary. I am confident about my self-adjusting ability and I believe I can keep myself in a positive condition where I am able to switch my working and leisure modes rather flexibly, and it gives me a sense of achievement when I complete my day by doing so. So above all, I would be willing to take an occupation with time requirements.

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