I am having mixed feelings about overtime these days…it’s a real love/hate relationship. We are currently working 45 hrs/week, and I cram all 45 of those hours into 4 nights. It makes me sooooooo tired but I love the big paychecks. When the new people start and it is no longer mandated, I am trying to convince myself to keep doing the extra 5 hrs/week so I can keep getting big paychecks. I’m not sure if I can do it though, because I despise my job. Ugh, what to do?!
10 hour days are already brutal enough.
If I’m remembering correctly, in the past you’ve talked about being unsure of your living situation in the next 6 months, I would use that as motivation to keep working the overtime. If you make $10/hr working 5 hours overtime each week that will add up to $1,800 over 6 months. I would say keep working the overtime and save that money so you have a cushion for when you move.
I work overtime every week. Bi-weekly I usually end up with 3-5 hours of overtime. Overtime alone does boost my salary roughly $2500/year. That’s me only having to work roughly an extra 30 minutes a day. I come in at 7:30am and leave at 4:30 or 4:45pm. I also only take 30 minute lunch breaks most days.
Also, the overtime allows me to go out on the weekends with friends, since it nets me about $50 extra per week. I also claim single, so between taxes, health care deductions, and charity deductions, I lose about 30% of my gross pay.
Thankfully, I make quite a bit more than $10/hr…but 12-hr shifts with only 30 min of break time are really rough. I might have to take a break from it at least temporarily when the mandatory OT ends. If I need the extra hours for a solo apt, I can pick them up again at any time. I am feeling very burned out. Maybe I will be feeling more up to it after my vacation to Vegas next month.
Can you go in early rather than styaing late? I think thats a pyschological trick that would work for me lol Plus then you can’t change your mind at the end of your shift
I’d keep working the overtime unless you’d rather have more time at home. When I didn’t live with my husband – he was across the country – I worked as much time as I had free time. I loved it. Now I don’t think I could do it, I like my husband time too much. And now, since I get paid salary, I don’t get any extra income for working overtime, so also no incentive to do it.
Just be sure to save all that overtime pay! And don’t do it forever, don’t want to get too burnt out or stressed too much.
at my work we are scheduled for 50 hours a week…. 5, 10 hour days. i usually end up with around 53 or so, and that is on a normal week… last week i work 3 ish hours on sunday, stayed about an hour late each night.. so ill have like 60 hours on this next paycheck.
i dunno, i just manage my days like that- this is what my life is. during the week i dont really do anything, atleast i try not to, because i know i wont have a lot of time to. also, i dont fight my schedule on my days off- if i remember right, you said that you switch from overnight to being awake during the day on your days off. i maintain mostly the same sleep pattern.. maybe that would help?
Yeah, I already do come in early every night and I also cut my lunch break from 60 min to 30 min since it is unpaid anyway. I won’t come in on my nights off because they are the only nights I get to spend hanging out with my man. It’s a privilage to eat dinner together and actually sleep at night instead of spending all night in the office.