The term "work" is normally a simple word denoting one's activity and as such in employment parlance, it means the assigned task to be completed by an employed person subject to the supervision, control and satisfaction of his employer. But, in some situation like the one mentioned in your post, the meaning of the term "work" gets convoluted or more twisted with perceptual differences arising out of subjective considerations.
Notice period is the predetermined continuous stretch of compulsory service comprising of certain days or months just prior to the agreed date of termination of the employment contract between the employer and the employee concerned. Therefore, it would automatically imply that the employee has to perform the normal duties attached to his position during his working hours only. However, the phrases " normal duties" and " working hours "cannot be precisely defined. "Normal duties" may indicate the usual work of a particular nature attached to the role and " working hours" the predetermined hours the employee is to be at the disposal of the employer. Unfortunately for some obvious reasons, during the phase of notice, either the employee or the employer or at times even both become self-centered.
The employee who is on the eve of notice should be more conscious of his normal duties than the formalities of hand-over of charges and working out his F&F settlement and the employer should also permit and facilitate the out-going employee to prioritise his work with ease and peace. No one should have any hidden agenda about the mutually agreed separation so as to make it sore and painful.
22nd February 2019 From India, Salem
HR v& Labour relations Adviser.
22nd February 2019 From India, Mumbai