My boss likes to email and message me at 7am on workdays, despite the fact that the official working hours are 9-5. Everyday he sends these requests, orders, demands for me to do something at 7am. At first I responded, thinking I’m “getting stuff done”. But then I realized I am a sucker to extend my workday like that. I don’t get paid for working 2 hours earlier, so I decided I will only log on at 9am and respond to all the queries/demands then. As if being subjugated for 8 hours isn’t humiliating enough, being dominated over before you’ve even had coffee and breakfast is worse.


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Nope, not today Satan!

May 30, 2022 at 1:46am

What your boss is doing is illegal. However, this isn't stopping manipulative bosses from ignoring labour laws and using the pandemic as an excuse for constant access to employees. If you can afford it, buy yourself a new phone. That's your new personal phone. Your boss doesn't get that number. The phone that your boss does have the number? That phone gets turned on at 9 am and turned off at quitting time. And consider looking for a new job. Life is too short to work for a crappy human being.

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Are you sure?

May 30, 2022 at 2:06am

Have you talked with your boss about this? It’s quite likely that he’s just working at those times himself and he’s sending you these messages but not expecting you to deal with them until you actually start work. It’s amazing what can be accomplished with a simple conversation.

Working you like a dog

May 30, 2022 at 2:33am

Tell your boss to go pound salt.
7 am Whatever .
It's not your damn company.
Make your requests at the office buddy and maybe I'll respond to them, maybe !
If your lucky :)

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May 30, 2022 at 7:27am

Your boss is just plain abusive. Good for you for setting boundaries. If he complains then bill him for the extra overtime hours and make sure to copy HR.

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The Boss

May 30, 2022 at 8:45am

As a boss myself, I also send out emails to my employees early in the morning. I am in the office at 6:00 am, but I do not expect my employees to respond or act on my email requests until their official start time. It's just easier for me to send out all my emails first thing in the morning while the office is still quiet. Are you sure your boss expects you to act on those emails at 7:00 a.m., or is he/she just sending them at that time because it is convenient?


May 30, 2022 at 9:37am

Totally, and there's no need to posture defensively about it either. Just because your boss picks those hours, don't mean you need to.

Sip your cuppa joe in peace baby!

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I think….

May 30, 2022 at 11:01am

…’s your *response* to email that is dominating you. Why are you even looking at it? Can’t it wait ‘til after coffee/breakfast?

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Find yourself a new and better job

May 30, 2022 at 12:09pm

and before you give notice to your present job, start calling your boss at 5 AM and ask him if he's f-ing his significant other before he starts his work day f-ing you :-)

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Nothing is free

May 30, 2022 at 12:42pm

If your boss wants you to work two hours earlier then you should be getting off work two hours earlier otherwise you should charge the two hours overtime.

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Team Player

May 30, 2022 at 3:03pm

I'll save them the effort it's bound to come..."privileged, grow up, lazy, idiot, give and take, dumb..." = things an employer says that doesn't care about your health or personal life to keep you controlled in an abusive relationship.

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