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A 40 hour work week, and never working one
I've always been confused by the concept of certain companies not only expecting their employees to work far beyond the typical 40 hours per week, but requiring it. How is this legal? My ex girlfriend would regularly work a 60 hour week, and still be doing work at home. She was salaried, so beyond a performance bonus, she was not making any extra dough if a project went exceptionally well, rather than just well. This sort of work (consulting) i can understand the schedule a bit better, but it's still crazy to me.
Another friend works in HR and works a ridiculous schedule of 60+ hours a week. She makes NO extra money regardless of her groups performance, beyond a slight bonus or something as well. She recently had a panic attack on the way to work, was a borderline alcoholic, and is teetering into full blown. Basically, whenever she is not at work, she is drinking or passed out.
I don't understand how companies can do this to their employees, and when is it too much? Part of me wonders if they just work incredibly inefficiently, and that's why they are always working late. I've worked late on occasion but certainly not on a regular basis, and it's definitely not expected of me. (I'm expected to get the work done, and stay 40 hours/week) I'm definitely concerned for my friend (not really my ex, for various reasons, it was just another example) and aside from her simply quitting (which in this economy really isn't an option), i don't know what kind of recourse she has. She constantly bitches about her schedule, and beyond her potential health issues, it's really no fun to be around her tbh.
I get the difference between Salary and Hourly wages, but her company seems to be taking advantage. Does anybody know if there's anything she can do to get a more reasonable schedule?