November 23, 2021 at 4:31 pm #1100382DaraGuest
My job requires 7 hours of computer time with no breaks to go outside and there is no ventilation or ability to open windows (it’s a high rise).
My eyes are constantly straining and the nonstop computer use is giving me headaches daily. My boss doesn’t have a viable solution since this is what the job entails and there are no allowances for 10 minutes breaks to go outside.
Is it time to look for another job that has a better environment? I’m making big mistakes that are costing the company due to my headaches and repetitive eye strain.
November 23, 2021 at 4:39 pm #1100383CopaParticipant
- This topic was modified 1 week, 5 days ago by Dear Wendy.
I would not stay at a job that did not allow breaks, so yeah, I’d say start looking if you’re not already.November 23, 2021 at 4:52 pm #1100385BittergaymarkGuest
I was going to chime in and say that I thought such breaks were federally mandated. And blah blah blah. But then I did a Google search…
And they’re not. 😳
So yeah… I would definitely look for another job. Your present gig sounds like a nightmare. You deserve better.November 23, 2021 at 4:56 pm #1100386
Yes, you should look for another job, that’s not okay, and it’s a job-seeker’s market.November 23, 2021 at 5:32 pm #1100387OracleGuest
You need to leave. Most companies are not this stupid and short sighted. You have a workers comp claim. I would not even bother. Just leave.November 24, 2021 at 7:39 am #1100397AllornoneGuest
I can’t speak for other countries, but I’m pretty sure that’s illegal in the U.S. You’re supposed to get at least a fifteen-minute break for every four hours of labor, and a half-hour break if you work for eight hours. That’s the way I always understood it.November 24, 2021 at 7:48 am #1100398
That may be for hourly jobs but not salaried jobs.November 24, 2021 at 8:01 am #1100399OracleGuest
Depends on the state what breaks you might be entitled too. Also what profession.November 24, 2021 at 11:24 am #1100403
So, it’s New York, and here’s a page that suggests you ARE entitled to breaks, with a contact for questions.
I mean, I Wouldn’t stay there, regardless, but know your rights.November 24, 2021 at 1:25 pm #1100405FyodorGuest
The job market is good now. I would update your resume and start looking on indeed, networking, etc.
I would also consider (in parallel) visiting an optometrist to see if you need your eyeglasses prescription updated. That may be part of why you are having headaches.November 24, 2021 at 3:21 pm #1100407bloodymediocrityParticipant
At the very least, you can get a doctor’s note about the eye strain being caused and they have to give you accommodations under the Americans With Disabilities Act. Assuming they follow the law (which seems unlikely)
But overall, I agree with everyone else: you should head for the hills. No one did work for a place that doesn’t respect it’s employees or their health.