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Hourly Earnings Clock

A gentle reminder for your favorite workaholic
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You put your weekly salary into the clock, along with how many hours you're expected to be in the office, and the clock shows you what your net hourly pay is for the day so far.

Let's say you work a forty hour workweek. For the first eight hours of each workday, the clock displays a constant hourly amount that represents your daily pay divided by your eight hour expected workday. Once you start going into unpaid overtime, however, the hourly rate begins decreasing, representing your daily pay divided by the number of hours you've *actually* worked so far today.

There's also a hidden “clock out” button, which you can use to account for time you're being paid for but are not actually doing any work. So every time you go to the bathroom, you hit clock out, then when you come back you press clock in and see exactly how much taking that “porcelain cruise” increased your net hourly pay.

ytk, Apr 24 2014

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       This could be straightforwardly added to time recording software used by professional services firms, to provide a more telling indicator of your worth to the firm than a crude salary to billings multiple.
calum, Apr 24 2014
  

       //“porcelain cruise”   

       One training centre got a new overseer, used to clockwatch people going to the loo, so one guy crawled back under his window.
not_morrison_rm, Apr 24 2014
  

       Union, schmunion. I know union members that still work unpaid overtime. It's never a *requirement*, you see, but there's a given amount of work to do and only so many paid hours in which to do it. And there are lots of people who respond to that situation by only working the hours they're paid for, and there's nothing wrong with that. But there are people who tend to get so engrossed in what they're doing—or genuinely get gratification from it—that they just need to finish up this one last thing… and they should write that email before leaving for the night… oh, and look up that one thing they forgot about earlier… and the next thing you know it's 9:30 and you're still at the office. I've been known to be one of those people myself, from time to time.   

       This invention is for those people, as a gentle reminder that “Hey, you can stick around if you want, but you're only decreasing the value of your time at this point”.
ytk, Apr 24 2014
  

       I think this system would have to take data from the Halfbakery log file
hippo, Apr 25 2014
  

       What [hippo] said! most def!
xandram, Apr 25 2014
  

       You folks who get to access the halfbakery during work hours are so lucky. Any halfbaking I get to do is snatched from brief moments of my 'spare' time.   

       Lucky I tells ya.   

       I misread the title as Hourly Earrings Clock. A set of 12 unique pairs of earrings to be worn at exact times throughout the day, so that others can tell the time by checking your jewellery?   

       Or perhaps two minute, dangling, fully functional cuckoo clocks. Mmm, fashionable and practical, clock earrings.
mitxela, Apr 25 2014
  

       What use is a clock that only runs for 2 minutes? Not even good for timing eggs!
pocmloc, Apr 25 2014
  

       awww [2 fries] so sorry, but on the other hand, being really bored at work can drain one's brain whilst the hb can feed one's brain!
xandram, Apr 25 2014
  
      
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