How long do you work without a break?

posted 8 months ago in Career
  • poll: How long do you work before allowed to take a break?
    I can take breaks whenever needed without question : (87 votes)
    76 %
    I can take a break every hour : (1 votes)
    1 %
    I can take a break after/every two hours of work : (4 votes)
    4 %
    I can take a break after/every three hours work : (3 votes)
    3 %
    I can take a break after/every four hours of work : (7 votes)
    6 %
    I can take a break after/every 5 hours of work : (2 votes)
    2 %
    I can take a break after/every 6 hours of work : (4 votes)
    4 %
    I can take breaks after 7+ hours of work : (2 votes)
    2 %
    I am not permitted to : (4 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 48
    1429 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI

    But can’t you talk to your supervisor regardless of the law? Is there a HR dept you can speak to.  I’m sorry but bathroom breaks aren’t even real breaks! Unless you’re on the can reading the bee for 15 minutes.  otterbee :  

    Post # 49
    961 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2019

    I’m a teacher and last year they scheduled my prep period and lunch first thing in the morning. It really sucked having my lunch period from 9:30-10:15. This meant that I had to teach 6 classes in a row, without a break or transitition time between classes for a total of 4.5 hours. It sucked ass.

    Post # 50
    1232 posts
    Bumble bee

    If I’m in court it could be an entire morning or afternoon without a pee break. But I make sure I always take a full hour lunch. 

    Post # 51
    1978 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

    I generally work four hours than I take an hour break than I work another four hours

    Post # 52
    4877 posts
    Honey bee

    What job do you have? 

    I have IBS and am prone to UTIs there’s no way this would work for me. 

    Post # 53
    478 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m in the health field and work 12 hour shifts.  There are some days that we’re too busy and I dont get a break.  This happens more times than not! You get used to it, and learn to cram food in, within minutes. lol

    Post # 54
    88 posts
    Worker bee

    I thankfully have a flexible job, so can break whenever aslong as I’m present for my job (e.g. not to push it too far and go shopping whenever).

    In previous jobs, it depended on the work hours. An 8 hour day typically meant I could have a break after 4 hours, however I could get a quick glass of water or go to the toilet whenever.

    Post # 55
    2486 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m an academic, so most of my time now is unscheduled. Back when I worked in an office, I was hourly so I took a 1 hour lunch break in the middle of the day (I wasn’t allowed to work overtime and the office operated on a 9 hour day, even though the salaried employees ate lunch at their desks), but I was also free to get up whenever to use the bathroom, get coffee, etc. 

    I can’t imagine going an entire day without using the bathroom. I know it’s somewhat the norm in the healthcare industry, but it’s crazy to me that healthcare professionals are treated so poorly — not least of which because it must be very damaging to productivity and performance to have to deal with these kinds of major quality of life issues. I’d really like healthcare professionals to be well-rested, well-fed, able to take breaks. Doesn’t it seem like that would result in better care? 

    Post # 56
    9813 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    That is ridiculous they expect you to work 6 hours straight without going to the bathroom. By the afternoon I have to pee every hour.  I generally need to drink 70-80oz of water at work alone or I will get headaches.  I don’t take official breaks other than lunch but I get up to use the bathroom whenever, refill my water, etc.  I also take mini mental breaks frequently while switching between tasks- checking my personal email, watching my kids on the daycare camera, etc.  But I generally work alone all day except for meetings, I don’t work in person with anyone.  I wouldn’t mind not getting an official break other than lunch to relax or whatever but you should be allowed to pee when you need to FFS.

    Post # 57
    4663 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

    Youre going to get answers that have a huge range. You need to look at your state, etc labour laws. If unsure, call and ask. This is a basic human rights issue and denying you breaks to relieve yourself is inhumane. Time to speak up and be your own advocate.

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