OK, What do you really work in hours?
Listen, folks, 40-50 is TOUGH. Maybe I say that b/c I work behind a computer mostly and work hard when I do, no water & conversation breaks. BUT, goddamn, I have little else time to sleep, work out, eat, and work, when I'm doing 50 real hours in a week.
I've worked 10 or 12 hour days ONCE in a while, when I'm really into something. The rest of the time I have to eat, sleep, get away from it for a minute or two.....errr, well, there's not much else when you're inspired. My friend on a project once said after a 10 hour day, "Damn dude, you're a machine, you worked 10 hours straight." Yeah, at my most inspired, most productive, most negative health streak.
People that are doing "60-100" hours per week are full of shit, I'm thinking. You've gotta live at the office to do 60. I can see how law oriented folks can get inspired. But the few times I'm inspired are the only times I can do 60. Really, that's 12 hour days working, not including lunch, 5 out of 7 days per week.
I call bullshit, bigtime. Either that or a lot more americans are on coke or speed than we realize. I just can't believe it.
But I was a contractor and it was hard enough to fill those 37 hours with things to do...
and when I say 'work', I of course mean perfect my solitare performance.
...says Bigles, as she tucks her hands up next to her face like a mouse cleaning its whiskers.
Usually, people will come in at 8, eat lunch at their desk, and leave at 6. Do this 5 days a week, and boom, there's your 50 hours.
Granted, we're talking about 50 hours of generally productive work time. Nobody stops the clock when they get up to take a piss, get a snack, or chat with friends.
In my 1.5 years with the company, we had one huge project with a nasty deadline that warranted crazy work hours. We pulled together and worked 12-14 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week for about a month. Obviously, this is not sustainable, which is why it only lasted 4 weeks. But it does happen.
I am not saying this to troll for sympathy by any means, just to show that it DOES happen. I will agree that if someone tells you they work 80 hours per week EVERY week of the year, that's hard to believe. But, at least in the software industry, it is not uncommon to work those kind of hours for short spurts.
There are people in the office who work 45-50 hrs a week..especially those who want to move up in the ranks.
I held a job a few years ago that was brutal - 50-55 hrs a week. It really sucked. Big time.
I believe you. I too am SW engineering. But I'd like to know your take on do you have anything in your life other than work and bare biological necessities when you do a 50 hour week?
I could tell you....but then you'd have to kill me.
Now, if the question was...."How many hours a week do you bill?" I could answer that. See, I'm an "idea guy".....
If you go much more than that, though, I will definitely agree that it turns into "work-eat-sleep-lather-rinse-repeat" ad infinitum. It just doesn't work over the long haul.
If I remember high school physics time is only one of the variables in the "work" equation.
When the son of the diposed King of Nigeria emails you DIRECTLY asking for help, you help.
Driving time and working hours are kind of a white lie to americans, apparently.
Now, that is sickening. The upside is this. The job, while sucking in hours worked when you show up to work, is incredibly flexible in other ways.
I can take as much time off as I want and can return and take up the job as if I was never away at all. In certain situations, I can just not go to work. Someone may phone me and ask me if I would like to come in. My answer, (with an eleven o'clock bottle of beer perched on my gut, and my feet up on the balcony) can be: "Not a chance in hell! Talk to you tomorrow."
So, I gotta take the Bad with the Good.
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