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Old 11th March 2019, 11:36 AM   #1
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My boss has me working 80-100 hours a week. Is this excessive?

I do work from home, fortunately. I start at 9 a.m. and I have so much work I don't finish until midnight. I have deadlines to meet. I do take lunch and dinner breaks, but that's about it.

I have so much work that I decided to spread it around and do some of it on the weekends, just so I could go to bed at a decent hour Monday through Friday. But my boss didn't like that, and he told me I would have to get it ALL done between Monday through Friday, and then I would have the weekends to myself. He's happy with the quality of my work. I think this guy has a ridiculous amount of stamina and expects that everyone else is just like him. Talking to him is not an option.

Well, I did as he asked and I had about three weekends all to myself....and then he started assigning me even more work for the weekends, out of the blue, with no regard for my private life. This is in on top of all the other work he has me doing Monday through Friday.

I'm exhausted most of the time, and I worry this is bad for my physical and mental health. But I don't want to come across as whiney or complain too much when discussing this with friends and relatives.

Am I justified in being unhappy about this situation?

Is this workload excessive?


I am going to try to find another job, but I am working under contract for several more months.

But is 80 to 100 hours a week excessive?

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Are you getting paid for all those hours?
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Old 11th March 2019, 11:40 AM   #3
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Medical trainees do it all the time just for perspective
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Are you getting paid for all those hours?
I don't get paid by hour. I get paid for putting out a certain quantity of product per week. But he's adding to the quantity.
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Then you may need to revisit your scope of work with them and set new parameters.
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Old 11th March 2019, 11:43 AM   #6
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But is 80 to 100 hours a week excessive?
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Old 11th March 2019, 11:46 AM   #7
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But is 80 to 100 hours a week excessive?
Way excessive.
I would ask for double the money or walk.

Or give him the original output for the time period and demand more pay for more output.

People will bleed you dry and discard you, IF YOU LET THEM.

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Old 11th March 2019, 12:51 PM   #8
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Are you in the US? There are laws regulating how much a person is allowed to work & the proper compensation for that.

You may want to see other employment.

It doesn't matter what we think is oppressive. You feel abused & under appreciated so it's time for a change
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But is 80 to 100 hours a week excessive?
YES! We don't live to work; we work to live! There are places who will do that if the government oversight and laws don't stop them. Try to find another job. That's crazy.
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Old 11th March 2019, 1:02 PM   #10
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I don't think 80-100 hrs is too much.. I have worked more than that and even today work 50-60...

BUT.....

You have turned you house into a PRISON, 80-100 hours of work in your home is horribly unhealthy...

You need to pull back from that and get yourself some balance..

By balance I mean you need some separation from work and home...
I get to work about 6:30 am every day and work 9-11 hours each day but when I leave I go home where my family is and eat a nice meal, go to baseball games or do homework and I get the balance I need to go to work each day...

In your situation you have lost that...

Your boss wants you M-F.. but you need to pull back on the hours and what doesn't get done rolls to the next day and if they have an issue with that you shouldn't care...

Hopefully inside your home you can close the door to your work office and go home as it were...

If talking to your boss is out( I don't think it should be) then just cut back and work on making a home again without work and let your boss figure it all out...
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Old 11th March 2019, 1:22 PM   #11
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But is 80 to 100 hours a week excessive?

I need other people's opinions
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Why do you need the opinions of others?

I have a few career-driven (mostly ex) friends who regularly work that much and seem to get satisfaction from that level of commitment.

But, doing the math, 100 hours a week is over 14 hours a day, seven days a week. Add in sleep, meals and bathroom breaks and those activities are the sum total of your life.

So the question really is, is this excessive for you?

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Of course it's excessive. That said, if you're working from home, and you're being paid based on end results rather than hours worked, you might not really have a leg to stand on, especially if your work is contract-based. You could decline the weekend work, but work-from-home gigs are relatively rare, so if it's very important to you to keep this one, it might not be in your best interests to do so.


There are upsides and downsides to every career choice - this is a downside of work-from-home contract work.
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But is 80 to 100 hours a week excessive?
Yes, itís excessive. Can you hire someone to assist you?
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Old 11th March 2019, 3:54 PM   #14
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IMO, that is insane.

Your time is worth something, and unless you are making at least $300K or something in that ballpark ($58/hour), you are not getting compensated for what your time is worth.

Of course, if you ARE getting paid in that range, dial your expenses WAY down, hoard cash, and call it quits (maybe for good) in 2-3 years.
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Old 14th March 2019, 11:05 PM   #15
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Are you asking for real or rethorical? Obviously is excessive. I'd do it on occasion if I have a busy week, but constantly - no way. If my boss asks? I'd look for another employment... But generally bosses are aware that hours like this don't result in anything like semi-decent productivity....
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