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    Overtime: How many hours a week do you work?
    Haylen_WebMD_Staff posted:
    New article says that working overtime - even if you love your job - can raise your risk of depression:

    Too much overtime can raise depression risk

    If you work - how many hours a week do you put in? Have you had jobs in the past where you worked too much and did it affect your mood?

    crunk05177 responded:
    I work 37.5 hours at my full time job and 5 hours on Saturdays at my second job. With a lot more responsibilities on my plate, I wish I had that extra day to do things...

    Before kids, I would work like CRAZY but was only making $8 or $9 an hour so it never really added up to much I wish I could work overtime now...just a little time and a half now would be pretty nice compared to when I only made minimum wage
    Me (28), DH (30), DS1 - Michael (4) and DS2 - Nathan (1 - severe peanut allergy and an egg allergy)
    iocasta responded:
    At the new year, I dropped to 50% prior to that I was at 70%. On average, I'm at the office 6 to 7 hours each day and always working on something at home so it is hard to put a number on it. This gives me the flexibility I need for vacation days, school breaks, field trips, and so forth. Prior to Levi, I would be at the office 12 hours a day and there everyother Saturday. I actually thrive on having a heavy work load. I'm feeling a little depressed right now because I'm not firing all engines at the office.
    UKbluegirl2 replied to iocasta's response:
    I'm supposed to work 37.5, but really work more like 45 or so. I'm at the office 8:00 til 5-5:30 ish. I have a couple of night meetings a month.

    Before this job, as most of you know. I worked all the time. It was all about the billable hours and I was queen! Did not want to be discounted as one of 'those women' that couldn't keep up with the men. Stupid.

    I too am still recovering from bouts of depression due to the change in my job arrangments. At least you do still have the challenges of your cases Steph, just less of them.
    sarah0323 responded:
    We are expected to work at least 40 hours a week. For me it turns out to be about 50 to 55 hours a week. It really could be more. Most nights I end up taking work home. That I don't even try to put a number on. This give me flexability though to be able to take off when I need to with the kids. I am on salary so they try to push us as far as we can go.

    There are times that it depresses me how much time I spend at work. Though in this economy I will take having a job then not having one.
    Me 33, DD - O 12, DS1 -J 7, DS2 - Cr 6, DS3 - Co 4, DD2 - E (11/10)
    VicsEandJ responded:
    I work 37.5 hours a week. No overtime.

    I've been here 18 years and never worked naywhere else full-time (only PT work while a student) so I've never had to put in long hours at a job. Working while going to school hardly qualified as stressful, even onhte days that ended up being 10 hourse total, since when I was done for the day, there wasn't my second full-time job- wife and mother to do! LOL!!
    tlkittycat1968 responded:
    I work 40 hours a week but when our financial statements are due I might work 10 hour days for 2-3 days and maybe one Saturday.

    I don't mind overtime. I suppose I got my attitude regarding overtime from my mom. She worked it a lot (she was a seasonal employee so would work during the busy time) and never complained. Some days she'd work 5p until 7a and the only reason they'd let her go home was to take us to school since my dad left for work at 6a.
    peachteach1 replied to crunk05177's response:
    Last year I averaged 50 hours a week. This year it is 62 and I am still not getting everything done...sigh.
    baby1at35 replied to peachteach1's response:
    Well I just work part time (seasonal ) type of work. But I know that will have to change when I get full time employment.
    Currently it is 2 days a week while the boys are at school. During the busy times it is 5 days a wk while the boys are at school.
    I am scared to think how I am going to manage everything when I go to work full time. But I know many, many do it and so will I .
    I struggle now with what type of job to take. I know I can go back to my career and make more money but the hours would be greater.
    Or I could have a job with pretty stable hours and less stress /less money too.
    Being the only parent that is a very tough balance.
    I do know when I go back full time I will have to hire more help. I will hire a housekeeper/nanny (depending on the job /hours ect.). I can't do it all and what is important is my focus on the kids.
    Me (42) 2 busy boys 6 yrs and 5 yrs
    sarahdear responded:
    I'm not working for salary right now, I'm doing my last semester of my grad school/teacher cert program, so I'm student teaching. I just started a couple weeks ago so I haven't taken on a full load of classes, though I'm half way there. Right now I'm there MWRF 7:30-3:30, then Tuesdays I'm at the school 7:30-3:30 then to my seminar until 7pm, and home by 7:30pm.

    If they find the extra set of keys for the department I will likely start going in earlier (the teachers in my dept all tend to come in no earlier than 7:20 and often not till 7:25, bell rings at 7:30). I'm much more the type where I want to be there early & prepared -- in a few weeks I will be taking on 2 classes that start right when the bell rings so it would mentally mess with me to not be in the room and ready by 7:15am
    Sarah 31, DH 37, George 5, Danielle 3
    FarmWife1979 responded:
    I work for a large health insurance company. I do 40 hours a week and bust my buns at work to get everything done within that time frame. I make it a point not to do overtime unless it is critical to a special project. I am a much happier person, less stressed, and healthier.

    Within the same company, I spent 7 years in a department that relied on constant mandatory overtime just to meet daily production output for claims processing and customer service. Think about it, mandatory overtime minimum of 5 hours (45 hours a week), for 7 years. No breaks. The only time I could get a break from it was if I took a full week of vacation. If I took just a day off or we had a holiday, I still had to meet my overtime for the week. It sucked and took a serious toll on my health even though I was only in my 20s. I fought with serious burn out, stress, anxiety about missing work for any reason, fatigue, and my home life was a wreck because I was so fried from work. I refuse to work like that again.
    sarahogan responded:
    I'm a teacher, and our official contract hours are 40 hours, we are ALWAYS there more than that. I'd estimate that I work 50 hours on average a week.
    kristinmarie722 responded:
    Currently I am exempt. I usually work 7:45-4:00. Sometimes I take an hour lunch, but most times 30 mins. I do work in the evenings, if needed for about an hour. But thankfully I get most of my work done during the work day.
    Prior to being exempt I would work btwn 3-10 hours a week OT depending on what I needed money for and how much work was available.
    DS- 7/4/2005
    hlvmom10 responded:
    I work 12hr days 6am-6pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and every other's nice.. but very tiring ;-/.. I feel like i never see my family.. when i get home it's time to feed and put DS to bed... o'well

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