Overworked and tired of it!

Posted by Kirby Turner on June 24, 2002

It pretty much common knowledge that Americans are overworked. And this is specially true in the IT community. This has been bothering me a lot lately as things other than work are becoming top priorities in my life. (Sidenote: For those wondering, those other things include Melanie and snowboarding.)

Here is how I see it. I get paid for 40 hours a week of work yet I typically work an average of 10 additional hours each week including holiday weeks. So my employer gets an additional 10 hours of work per week out of my for free. I get 4 weeks of vacation each year, a very nice perk from my employer, so this means I typically work 48 weeks out of the year. With that extra 10 hours a week, that means my employer is getting 480 hours of free labor out of me per year. 480 hours is roughly 3 work months. 3 months of free labor each year. I can’t believe I am letting this happen.

And to think there was a time I worked even more hours.

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