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I have an unpaid intern and their productivity is really low. Is it wrong for me to ask them to stay a little overtime to work on their project together so I can lead them? I'm so busy during the day.

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So you’re getting free work and want them to give up even more of their personal time … for free? It’s up to you to make time during the day. It’s completely unreasonable to ask them to stay extra hours unpaid. Edited to add: like others here, I disagree with unpaid internships but I made an assumption it’s company policy and likely out of your control. However if it is your decision- pay people. Otherwise you reap what you sow.

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Unpaid internships should not occur. Pay your resources appropriately.

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Agreed, especially if they help move the needle on projects

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The way you have this phrased you are definitely going to catch a ton of heat. I’m going to imagine for a moment that you are very junior in your career and that this is your very first person that you’re managing. Like most people have said you should definitely pay your interns not cool to have unpaid interns. to play devils advocate let’s assume that you have no control over this. The biggest thing that I see is an issue with what you have said is that you don’t have time during the day because you’re busy. If you are planning on ever managing people you need to find a way to be more responsible for your time management and understand that your time management affects those you manage. Ask yourself this question a different way if you were the intern and your boss paid you no attention during the day would you want to stay late? Advocate that your intern gets paid and manage your time better.

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Pay them and you can do whatever. You knew the answer to this question before you asked it.

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Yes of course it's wrong. Why don't you pay them? If you want to be constructive just schedule daily / twice weekly / whatever check in meetings with her to set priorities and clarify tasks. Tell them it's a two way street for you to clarify the highest priority tasks and for them to ask you questions and get feedback.

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You get what you pay for.

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More like, get what you don't pay for! How incredibly inconsiderate

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LOLLOLOLOL

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Hey, I’m sure you think you’re generally a good person. But if you aren’t advocating for this person to get paid for the work they do, you’re scum. How hard would you work if you didn’t get paid? Now on the opposite end, would you work harder if your compensation doubled?

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Is this even real life?

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You havent carved out any time for your intern during their "work" day? Sounds like they need to find another internship. I'd you're not going to pay them, atleast you can help them learn.

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Eemmm… you are not paying your intern. Would you work for your current employer and be highly productive for free? What is he/she getting in return?

Lol what even. The answer is no. Don’t be an asshole and which company is this anyway? Thought unpaid internships are gone?

Sounds like a nonprofit to me

Ffs no.

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