Do you work a lot of overtime?

by hoser 16 Replies latest jw friends

  • hoser

    What is the normal attitude as to working overtime?

    How much is too much? How many hours do you work in a week?

  • kairos

    I work as little as possible.
    Self employed and semi-retired.

    I worked 10 hours this week. 10-15 gets me by just fine.
    I take time off as often as possible.

    These are the best years of our life!

  • Crazyguy

    12 to 14 hour days 6 days a week right now.

  • kaik

    I used to in my old job. It burned me down. It seemed to be 24-7 constant client support. I resigned after I got another position. The same money, better benefits and I work from 9-6. I do not mind working overtime when it was necessary and it was crucial to the success of the project. But on the other hand, I have life outside work. Work life balance is must.

  • stuckinarut2

    Witnesses have spent their lives being made to feel guilty for working at a career that may demand long hours.

    If someone wants to work overtime, then good on them for being a hard worker.

  • Darkknight757

    Currently 40 hours but we are slow. Typically it's a 50-60 work week depending on the load. At least in the machine trades.

    The bros at my old hall never seemed to mind the OT as long as you put in that trusty 10 hrs a month.

  • Joe Grundy
    Joe Grundy

    I'm retired now, but when I was a (senior, salaried) cop -12 hour days standard, often 14 days between a day off, often 'on call' between shifts (e.g. finish at 3 am, due back at 9 am, on-call between), and covering very large (for the UK) geographical areas.

    It burned me out.

    These are much happier days!

  • hoser

    I guess I'm not the only one putting in big hours. I did 350 hours in the month of April. A little too much IMO. My main employee refuses to work more than 50 hrs per week. I respect him for that. He is not a jw. I ended up picking up the slack to get the work done.

  • StephaneLaliberte

    I work about 40 hours a week. Funny thing is that when I was a witness, I used to work a whole lot! in average of 60 to 80 hours a week. But then since I left, I started to enjoy other type of activities. I was doing overtime just to have a good excuse not to go to meetings. I would then turn around and say: I wish I had a choice but there is no other way! Reality is: I was looking for a way out.

    That being said, I don't mind doing overtime here and there. But now, I enjoy life while I have my health and my family. One day or the next I will end up losing these things and I don't want to look back with regret on the days that I knew that I could've been satisfied with less material possessions.

  • Heaven

    I work anywhere from 9 to 16+ hour days. Overtime is mandatory in my job. But the horrible OT doesn't always happen and I'm not always busy. We used to work a 7.5 hour work day but as our company went 'global', that was altered to an 8 hour day (which is really a fantasy at least for me). I work at least an hour or more of overtime every day (and I don't get paid for it).

    A close friend of mine works like 60+ hour weeks. This is the new North American corporate model. They've actually congratulated themselves on keeping expenses being down but increasing productivity. They do this by piling workload on people instead of hiring. It's month by month, quarter by quarter. Most companies are now about managing expenses. She and I are both burning out.

    I want to be more like kairos, kaik, or joe.

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