nine to five, eight to five or what?

United States
May 9, 2007 10:06pm CST
When did the typical work day change? It used to be 9-to-5, right? Ever since I started working, it's been 8-to-5. When did this happen, and why? And why didn't anybody ask me if it was okay? It isn't okay! This is ridiculous! Even though the pay is higher than what our parents made, it doesn't buy as much, so it's really lower for a higher number of hours.
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@brothertuck (1257)
• United States
10 May 07
I know in some factories it is 3-8 hours shifts. 8to4 4to12 and 12to8. To tell the truth originally the typical work day used to be work until the job was done. You got paid by the job not paid by the hour. You have every right to leave a job if it doesn't fit your life, your home life schedule if you want, it is your choice. You are not guaranteed a job, you are given what is expected at the job, you chose to take the job. Life today is actually a lot harder, but we do have more and can buy more, but we want so many luxuries, many say that things like cars and cell phones and tv and computers are necessaties, no they are luxuries. There is plenty you can do without, you just don't want to. I have worked 4 to midnight and midnight to 8, and I've done it so my wife could work daytime and I would be home with the kids. I made do so I could have a tv, so that we could have a car. So we could have luxuries and give to our kids.
• United States
10 May 07
just wanted to make sure it was understood the first line is 3 shifts of 8 hours each
• United States
10 May 07
Thanks. I remember when there were factory shifts of 7-3, 3-11, and 11-7. But am I imagining that paople used to work 9-5? Wasn't there even a movie with that title? I agree that computers and cell phones aren't necessities. It would mean going to the library a lot, and wondering where the kids are more than we do already, but it has been done. Cars though, in places without decent public transportation, mean getting to wotk in about one tenth the time it would take to walk.
• United States
10 May 07
edit time. I meant people and work, not paeple and wotk.
@myworld2 (106)
10 May 07
we were talking about this this morning. i remember when full time was 48 hrs now its only 37.5 hrs when did that happen? and i think we got paid for lunch hour (not 1/2hr).
• United States
10 May 07
The definitions of full-time and part-time vary from company to company. Some say 39.5 hours is part-time, so they don't have to offer any benefits to those workers. I remember when there was a paid lunch hour too, but I'm showing my age.
@myworld2 (106)
10 May 07
yow 39 part time what ever is max full time. yep we are showing our age with paid lunch hour and 48 hrs. i feel for the doctors doing 70 odd hours but i feel for the patient who is seen on the 70th hour as well
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@Savvynlady (3686)
• United States
10 May 07
Mine is 9am to 5:30pm. however they try to make you stay like yesterday, we were told to do some work at a certain number, which we did, then they changed it and man, we were all ticked; especially me because I try to leave and hit my second job immediately afterwards. I usually get home by eight or nine since I'm just learning the ropes there.
• United States
10 May 07
Rushing from one job to another is becoming pretty common. I hope you don't have to keep doing it very long, and I hope you get decent breaks for lunch and dinner.
10 May 07
Our working day over here now seems to be 9 - 5.30 and people don't take a break for lunch. Working 9-5 was realistic, now it seems we are working much longer hours for much lower pay. Crazy :-(
• United States
10 May 07
Workdays that start at 9:00 are a luxury here. Oh, to be one of those morning people! They bounce out of bed when it's still dark outside, ready to go. I rejoice when the sun starts shining before 6:00. Going without lunch breaks seems almost as bad as having to rush through half-hour lunch breaks. Our bodies were not designed to be treated this way.
@carlaabt (3505)
• United States
10 May 07
I never really thought about that. For as long as I can remember, 8 hour shifts have always been longer than 8 hours. My mom works "11-7" at a nursing home, and has since I was small. That actually means she has to be at work at 10:20 and gets off at about 7:10. She has to clock out for a thirty minute "lunch" (in the middle of the night, why is it called lunch anyway??), and two 10 minute breaks. My husband works 7 am to 4 pm. He gets an hour long lunch break most days, and two 15 minute breaks. He doesn't clock in or out, though, so some days his lunch break is shorter, and some days it's longer. It really just depends on how much work they need to do, and what kind of mood the Master Sergeant is in.
• United States
10 May 07
That's another thing I've been wondering. When did the lunch hour change to a lunch half hour? If anyone needs a whole hour for lunch, it's the people who work in nursing homes. And isn't it bad for digestion to wolf down food?