Our expert says:
Blue, you raise a very important point about ways in which some companies frankly subvert the requirements of the law, and they'd probably say that everyone was simply choosing voluntarily and hapilly, to work longer hours.
And of course your senior management is being deliberately naive. Yes, they don't stand there with a gun to your head or armed guards at the doors to force you to work longer --- but if you fear being sacked, or losing promotions or raises if you DON'T work longer hours, that IS forcing you to do so. The managers ought in contrast to set an example and encourage people NOT to work excessive overtime. And performance reviews should be regulation to consider solely what people do within their normal working hours, and ignore whether overtime is worked or not.
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