The Never Ending Workday
Posted by Pamela S. on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier. For many of us, it has made it difficult to get away from work. This is nothing new to those of us in the private investigation industry. We don’t work 9 to 5. The rest of the world is learning what that means.
When you are conducting surveillance, there is no such thing as a lunch hour, or 15 minute break. Your workday lasts as long as it has to. Even when I stopped doing surveillance and went to work as a manager, I never took an hour lunch break. I work at home now, and I usually eat at my desk. Many people are following suit.
According to an article on mashable.com, employers are more relaxed about employees showing up late for work. They know that their employees have been working off the clock, catching up on emails and using the Internet to work before and after office hours. More of us are spending life in the cloud, and more bosses expect this of their employees. The 8 hour work day has stretched to 12. Maybe that is why many of us aren't getting enough sleep. Propping yourself up with pillows and working on your laptop doesn't lead to a restful night. Read the article here.
I’ve called people on work related matters and have been able to reach them at all hours. I contacted a CEO of a large company on her cell phone after her assistant said she was on vacation. She took
my call, even though she was hiking through the Grand Canyon.
Private investigators are often hired to determine if someone is working when they are supposed to be recovering from an accident or illness. Those people who are malingering or claiming injuries when they are collecting insurance or workers' compensation help keep us working overtime. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of insurance fraud investigators, claims adjusters, appraisers and examiners is expected to grow by 9 percent from 2006 to 2016.
Even if you find out where a subject is working, how do you determine how many hours
a day a person is putting in if they take work home with them? There are also subjects who start up their own business when they are off work from their legitimate jobs. Those who are self employed work even more hours to get their business started.
That is where social media and other Internet searches come in. People will often tweet or write posts about their work. You can get a feel for an individual’s schedule by watching when they post to their social media pages. They may write comments about their workload. We all love to complain, it is a human trait. We especially love to complain about how much we work.
The staff at Sheer Investigations will work hard for you. Our team of dedicated investigators realize that the world no longer shuts down at five o’clock.
Former FBI Assistant Director Tom Sheer has recruited the best from the FBI, DEA, IRS and Secret Service to build a formidable team at Sheer Investigations. Our private investigators have the sensitivity and experience to handle the most delicate investigations.