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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