Post # 1
I just wanted to kind of see what others work environments are like regarding scheduled or available breaks you can take during work. And by break I mean like a 10-15 minute break, enough time to go to the bathroom if you need to.
At my job, I am expected to go 6 hours without a break every day. This doesn’t happen EVERY SINGLE day due to scheduling changes, but that is the expectation and the standard if all my clients show up.
I work in pediatrics so my clients are required to be 1:1 supervision at all times. So that means if I am with a client I cannot leave them to go to the bathroom. Clients are scheduled back to back with no lapses in between, and I have no control over my own schedule. I also cannot bring them to the bathroom with me. The only way I can go to the bathroom is if I find another available professional to supervise my client, which is not always possible and almost always puts them out. I’ve done this before for a quick bathroom trip, but anything more than that I often have to just hold it.
It gives me anxiety when I can’t “go” before I leave the house in the morning, because I don’t know when I’ll get to go. I have a lot of issues with constipation because of this. My period was a main issue but then I got the Diva Cup and so far that has helped tremendously.
I understand that some jobs require even longer periods of time without breaks, such as if you are an emergency responder, surgeon, etc, but my job is certainly far from those categories and I sometimes get resentful about the productivity expected of me. I just wanted to make a poll and see if my consecutive workload is normal and compares to most and if I need to just suck it up.
Post # 2
I’m exempt so idk this concept of a break.
Post # 3
I am also exempt, but I’ve held exempt positions in the past where I am allowed to step away to go to the bathroom or at least given an opportunity to every so often. But apparently, not our jobs 🙁
Post # 4
I get at least ten minutes after every 100 minutes on.
Post # 5
I can go to the bathroom at any time or go grab coffee or basically do whatever, as long as my work gets done. I’m a salaried employee though.
Post # 6
I have always worked in public service positions since university and we were encouraged to take breaks at least once an hour for OHS reasons. Even when I worked in retail during high school and university we were able to go to the bathroom when we needed as long as we let someone know to watch our area. But we have laws here covering breaks.
Post # 7
I’m a teacher so there’s passing period (7 minutes between classes), break, and lunch and then my prep period. Unless students try to stay in my room for questions or asking for help or stopping by to say hello during lunch which they think I like when really I’m like “go away I only have 40 minutes to eat and pee and rest until you come to class”!!!
There have been days (pre-pregnancy) that I didn’t get a chance to go to the loo all day. Since being pregnant I have my teacher neighbor watch my class if I have to go during instruction.
Post # 8
I work in surgery so there’s no telling when or if I’ll get a break. I can’t leave the OR unless someone relieves me
Post # 9
I can go to bathroom, grab a coffee or whatever whenever I want.
Post # 10
If I’m in a flow state, I’ll work for a few hours straight. If I’m trudging along then I use my “Where there’s a will, there’s an A” training and it’s more like “Do a task, take a short break, do a task, take a short break.” plodding through the day. My task list is never ending, though, so even when I’m paused, I’m often thinking of additional items and I sometimes will log in to do something in the evenings after I should be off. It’s not great.
6 hours without a break is grueling. My mother does trainings in prisons and they have really strict rules about the inmates constantly being supervised and having coverage for when they enter/leave a classroom. She’s told me that she usually will use the bathroom before a class and then just wait until afterward for another bio break but once (when she was on a water drinking challenge), she had to call in a CO in order to go to the bathroom because she wasn’t going to make it through the entire class.
It doesn’t seem sustainable to have to wait 6 hours, every shift, to give your body some food, some water and a bathroom break. That’s terrible.
Post # 11
I work in nursing and I can run to the toilet for 2mins whenever I need within reason but don’t have time for actual “breaks”
Post # 12
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I’m an instructor at the uni, but my work hours are not hectic. So I can take breaks in between classes or at lunchtime.
Post # 13
Technically I can go for a toilet break when I want, I also get an half hour break at some point in my shift. My shifts are between 8 and ten hours, I usually take my break around the 4 hour mark.
Post # 14
I can take a break whenever I need. Whether it’s a bathroom break, getting coffee, or just taking a lap around the building because my coworkers are driving me bonkers, it doesn’t matter. I’m also salaried.
Post # 15
I’m salaried exempt as well.