Why do people always say 9-5

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  1. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    when refeering to work hrs?

    seriously, its always more like 8-5 to account for the hr lunch

    anyone agree?
     
  2. Kardashian macrumors 68020

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  3. 63dot macrumors 603

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    This is the usual way of referring to a full day. I have often done the 730-400 thing with the half hour lunch, or 830-500 thing but that's a real mouthful. In 30+ years of working, I have never had an 8-5 shift per se with a whole hour for lunch in any type of job.

    It's also kind of like gas. I paid $2.40 a gallon, but it was acutally $2.39 and 9/10s a gallon but I would never say it that way. So I simply say $2.40 to get the general idea across. 9-5 will always be the statement you hear, also like people saying so and so is making an album instead of making a CD or straight to iTunes "release".
     
  4. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    [​IMG]

    I set my own hours, so I'm a 7 to 4 person meself.
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Some people don't get an hour lunch. Some only get a short 15-30 minute break, which may be paid.
     
  6. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    Yeah, they are required by law to give you a break of 15 min or so I believe.
     
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I'm a 0630-0730 and then 0900-1700ish person myself.
     
  8. iNash macrumors 6502

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    Interesting hrs? :confused:

    I end up being 09:30 - 16:30 if working from home or 06:30 - 19:30 if working in London (allowing for travel)
     
  9. Beerfloat macrumors regular

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    You got a paper round in the morning? :eek:
     
  10. nw43 macrumors regular

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    Well, I work 9-5 (including an hour for lunch) so it must be true.

    Oh, and thanks for getting the song stuck in my head! :D
     
  11. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Physical training
     
  12. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Not quite as bad as having the Village People's YMCA song stuck there "It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a. "
     
  13. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    I only get paid for 7 hours a day, so 9-5 with an hour for lunch is accurate.
     
  14. chrmjenkins macrumors 603

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    How about the K9 to 5 jingle from a incredibly mundane animal planet show?
     
  15. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

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    That's one hour more than working from 9 to 5. You might have been better off if you didn't set your own hours. :D (just kidding)

    You get paid for physical training? :confused:

    When I was working, I was a 10 to 7 person. :cool:
     
  16. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Salary ...
     
  17. MacMalv macrumors regular

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    haha, im a student so its 9 tilll 9.30 and then back to bed! then maybe a bit of work in the afternoon!
     
  18. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    I do six months straight of anything between 8am-6pm to 6am-10pm seven days a week, then have four months off!
     
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  20. woolyback macrumors regular

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    8ish until 5.30ish with 20-30 minutes or so for lunch.
     
  21. TEG macrumors 604

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    People say "9 to 5" because until recently, most offices worked from 9am to 5pm, regardless of the lunch allowed. Hourly employees began to show up early/stay late to make up lunch to get a 40 hour week starting in the 80's. Salaried employees often continue to work from 9 to 5, unless they are in a business where they are expected to go above and beyond. Also, with the exception of Fridays, most service offices are open 9am to 5pm (Banks, School Offices, City/County/State/Country/Federal facilities) making it difficult for most people working "regular" hours to get any work done with those offices difficult. Friday throws a wrench into that, because some offices are open later on Friday (most banks stay open until 6pm) whereas other services close at 1pm.

    TEG
     
  22. jarjarblinks macrumors 6502

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    Hmm...a little detour here.

    We are paid 12 months salary, and then possibly anything between 1 - 6 months bonus. Now lets discount the bonus for the time being.

    Scenario 1

    12 calender months in a year, so assuming $4k / mth :

    12 X 4 = 48 k / year.

    Scenario 2

    52 weeks in a year, so assuming the same 4k / mth :

    (4 / 4) x 52 = 52 k / year

    Hmmm?

    So which means, 52 - 48 = 4k --> 1 month of bonus discrepancy we have here.

    A calender year has 365 (discounting the leap) days, So the mean no. of days in a calender year is 365 / 12 = 30.4.

    All the months that have 31 days - 30.4, thats actually the number of days that we work for free (without getting paid)!
     
  23. RITZFit macrumors 65816

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    my last job was 9-5 (unless the boss got bored and took some employees on a "field trip" hahah)
     

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