posted on Aug, 11 2018 @ 10:16 AM
I have always been supportive of good work-life balance. Even the fact, that company needs somebody to work overtime, means mismanagement, setting
unlikely deadlines etc. For me, work-life is extremely important. Personally, I have never worked more than 40 hours per week, usually 30-35, although
currently I am having issues with my girlfriend. This whole summer, she has been working more than 60 hours per week and that is unacceptable for me.
I have had to wait hours behind her office, because she told she would finish earlier. And I am getting tired of it... No company/job is worth
sacrificing personal relationships, friends, family. Now she decided to even work on Saturday and I am waiting for her, so had some time to write this
post. I have even asked her to quit, as my salary would easily cover both of our needs, although she wants "independence".
Overtime is something I personally am highly against. It is something that too often gives unfair advantage to people, who have "no lives". There is
a huge difference, when a person has family, social life vs single somebody whose whole life goes around their work. In the end, the first person
would have to sacrifice their personal life or the second person gets advantage. In the end, such choices lead to immense amount of divorces, loss of
friendships and all this, because of a freakin job. No job is worth such sacrifice.
Another problem comes with the fact, that when one person is willing to work overtime and other is not, then the company pressurises the second to
either work overtime or they will just find somebody who will. And there is always somebody desperate enough to take the job. Using people´s
desperate situations, need for money to, to pressurise them sacrificing their health,personal relationships, family,is not right thing to do.
In the end, when one works overtime, this leads to loss of productivity due to tiredness. Long-term different health issues might come up, which might
become extremely expensive etc etc. It becomes negative for the economy as a whole.
If a company needs its employees work overtime, this means the deadline have been set too tight, that is managements problem not employees. If a
contract says its 40, then its 40. I remember, couple of years ago, France enacted a ban on overtime in certain sectors. I wish my country would do
the same. There is work and there is personal life.
Sorry for the mistakes, waiting at the taxi for my girlfriend right now and had some time to kill. If that behaviour continues in her, I think
seriously calling it quits with her soon.