Once worked for a practice where staff were routinely working over 48hrs, and their timesheet allowed them to print a report highlighting how many weeks a year this happened. When management were confronted, they were told contracts would be changed to mandatory opt-out, and no staff *should* be working merely 37.5hours. It is architecture, after all.
That facility was revoked from all staff's timesheets permissions soon after.
The RIBA need to step up. Like unpaid internships, if practices force staff to opt out, or punish, bully or freeze staff out for doing so, they should be removed from the Chartered Practice list. They clearly aren't professional enough to manage workload and fees.
PS Ronald - there was one about ten years ago online called archleaks. Pity its gone.
Well said, Christine.
ATTICUS succinctly nails the matter. Selfish women, wanting to enjoy the same experiences as most other women of a certain age - ie having a family and enjoying an income - without realising they waived those rights when they embarked upon 7yrs+ training and education to become valued members of the profession.
How are we to weed out such women, who will insist upon leaving our intrasigent practices high and try when they have the temerity to become pregnant, if we can't interrogate them at interview as to the status of their reproductive systems, relationship status and financial standing?
Best course of action is to not employ women who have the lack of personal ambition demonstrated by allowing themselves occupy ages 20-45. Or, if you simply must employ them, don't promote them. Or give them positions of responsibility. They'll only let you down.
Put your money where your mouth is, Atticus, and name your practice.
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