(Closed) Is a 40 hour work week still necessary in today's world?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 31
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

It’s interesting that you don’t need 40 hours to do your job because I need at least 50 and could certainly work more hours than that. Everyone I know is in the same boat. I guess it depends on your position but nobody at my company has spare time on their hands.

I personally think that if a position doesn’t require forty hours to complete the work, the company should be looking into combining those responsibilities with a different position or cutting down to half time.

Just because your husband is working after hours doesn’t mean he has poor time management skills.

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Post # 32
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Newbee

I was a case manager for a residential home for kids and had a lot of flex time. In general, my hours were 9-5 but it didn’t really matter if I came in at 915 or so and left a little early. On Fridays, it was pretty custom to leave by 4. But, sometimes I came in super early or stayed super late for court or other appointments, and sometimes I came in on the weekends to supervise visits, etc…so it evened out. But, unless I had a lot of court dates (which usually required a lot of driving) or I was at full capacity with clients, I could get my work done in about 35 hours. I will say though, that if I had to stay late one night, I would try to make up for it by flexing my time within that pay period. 

Now I do network marketing and work from home…which means I set my own hours, so it’s kind of hard to say for sure the exact hours I work every week. Some weeks it’s more than 40 and some it’s less than 40. I don’t really mind working alot because it’s more fun and it’s always my choice how much I work. I just make sure I set long term goals and then work daily, weekly, and monthly to reach them.  I used to miss the structure of my 9-5 because it took a while to figure out how to stay disciplined working from home….but now I enjoy it.  It’s not perfect, but for me it’s better.

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I see the opposite. More people working late, overtime, working on weekends etc, as more responsibilities and work is dumped on them because companies want to reduce costs by having less employees doing more.

Post # 34
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Newbee

Cyanfire:  Yes, exactly this! I should have added that the reason I left was because they started to do layoffs and were going to reduce the case mangers and therapists. I volunteered to be laid off because my fiancé and were ready for a change so we moved from Michigan to Virginia. I felt so bad for everyone who was left because they had WAY more clients and ultimatley the kids were the most affected. Everyone was overworked and the environment totally changed.  

 Now I’m working to get my fiancé out of the rat race and home working with me:) should be able to retire him in about a year!

Post # 35
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Meant2Bee:  Yeah I wish I could flex. There’s times when I have not nearly enough work and other times when it’s overflowing. 

As a society, I think the 40 hour work week may be unnecessary. It’s a random standard that we’ve created!

Post # 36
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I work in a hospital and a doctor’s office. The day that every single patient suddenly drops dead is when my work will be “done for the day”. 

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I wish I bad that luxury I work 50 hours a week no fb etc plus check email at night 

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

MrsBeck:  may I ask what you do?

Post # 39
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m about to go in for hours 79-85 this week (I think). it kind of makes me laugh that some folks are complaining about not having enough to do. I have never ever had that problem, because I have always taken initiative to find things that needed to be done. That’s why I am now senior staff and if I want to flex time a bit, I have definitely more than earned that right and nobody questions it.

Post # 40
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Meant2Bee:  Work honestly gets in the way of life!  Big time!  I have so many hobbies, outdoor activities, volunteering that would be better and more useful use of my time.  Somehow I still have a very busy afterwork life.  However, that means I sleep about 6 hours or less just to fit it all in.  That makes me tired.

 

However, my job is pretty demanding and I have tons of work.  I really need to be here 40 if not 50.  I won’t do more than 40 though, unless it’s a dire deadline.

I also want to retire early so I want the 40 hours salary so I can save, save, save!

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 2 months ago by  sienna76.
Post # 42
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Newbee

I just wish they pay me more and work less hours, that’s the dream 

Post # 43
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I work 40 hours a week but am flexible with my time. This morning I came in at 0730 and I’ll leave a little after 1600. When it’s super busy, I’ll work as long as I need to but when it’s not, I just enjoy the freedom I have to put in 8 hours and go.

Post # 44
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Helper bee

Meant2Bee:  I am glad to have the protection of a standard 40 hour work week.  I’m paid hourly and am regularly expected to work 70-80 hour weeks. Because of the 40 hour work week I get paid overtime and thus this schedule is mutually beneficial.  If I didn’t get the extra money I would definitely feel that my employer was taking advantage of my time.

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Meant2Bee:  I think it depends on the job. I normally end up working 45-50 hours a week just to keep up. That isn’t including when I have pressing deadlines. Then it’s closer to 60. I wouldn’t be comfortable sitting somewhere and getting paid while I pretended to work but was actually on Facebook or reading things online.

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