What do you think about a job working 8.5 hrs a night with 30 mins break?

Philippines
February 28, 2007 11:30am CST
I'm currently working 8.5 hours each night and spending 30 mins to rest and eat something, stretch my legs and try to wake myself up so I won't fall asleep in front of my computer. Do you guys think it's fair enough? We work 5 days a week, no Saturdays and we have a night differential per night.
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• United States
28 Feb 07
in philippines, having a job like you described is everyone's dream. in current economical status of this country, i am willing to work 9 hours without break, just to keep my job..
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• Philippines
28 Feb 07
Yes you are right ipissakusina. (Interesting name by the way.) So many are unemployed in this country and every year the stats just increase and never went the other way.
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• Philippines
15 Mar 07
There are times that I get to work night shifts too coz we have this sched rotation every six months...well I do work only for 8 hours and that's inclusive of our 1 hour break... and if we aren't so busy we can sneak out to our canteen for a bit and get some snacks or water... but my girlfriend has some kind of work schedule..she works 9 hours... that's 8 hours for the work itself and 1 hour for her break... but she just find it ok... in your case, I guess you deserve to have that 30 minutes added to your break to make it an hour...coz usually here in our country, companies give the workers an hour break for their lunch... or they can have the option to split their breaks into 2 30-minute breaks..whichever is more convenient to them... but not all companies are giving this kind of privilege to their workers though.... by the way, did you ever tried asking your manager why your break isn't an hour? :P
• Philippines
15 Mar 07
Actually it was an hour before but now they have cut it down to half an hour. I know according to the Philippine Labor Code, employees should be given 60 minute breaks. But the company I work for is a bit stingy I guess.
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• Philippines
15 Mar 07
ohhh stingy companies? there are a lot of them here in our country... lol well, if you really love your job, then I guess you can just take this small mishaps of your company..but if you aren't enjoying in your job..you better find another job where you can get what you deserve.. :P thanks for the best response, by the way.. Godbless!
@sylvrrain (661)
• United States
28 Feb 07
You should work my job, it offers no chairs to sit in, you are on your feet 8-9 hours a shift and there are no schedules breaks or lunches. We have to squeeze in food or bathroom between customers. On busy days, we may not even get a chance to eat. Under the laws in our State, the employers are not required to give you breaks. Be happy you have a job, and that you get the 30 minutes. Many people do not get that. I feel blessed that I am able to get out of bed to go to work, some people can not even do that. Always try to look at the bright side of things, it will make your life much happier. Take care.
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
Sylvrrain I'm just wondering if there are labor organizations that help employees with work like yours. It seems you and your co-workers are being exploited. But thank you for chiding me to look at the bright side of things. You are right. I should be grateful I have a job. In fact, I love my job. I'm even willing to work 24/7 for it. The only problem is that I'm not willing to allow myself or my co-workers to be exploited by unscrupulous companies. We are human after all and should be treated as such. We are not slaves. We have more dignity than that.
@vipulchawla (2220)
• India
15 Mar 07
thats a call centre job... i know..its too hectic.. infact i had 6 days a week..i worked for 2 months and said goodbye to the job.. i m a student and will b soon getting over with my engineering and quite excited to work in an IT industry..
• Philippines
15 Mar 07
So many people mistake it as a call center job, but it's not. I work in an outsourcing company for IT workers. We have clients in the US, website owners who need programmers, web designers, article writers and webmasters to work on their sites. Also the reason why we work at night is because of the different time zones. The reason why I asked this question was to see how people think of the rules in our company. According to the Philippine Labor Code, employees should be given a 60-minute break each day of work. Hours worked shouldn't go above 45 hours each week. Or else excess hours worked will be considered overtime work and should be compensated as such. So I was thinking that perhaps the company I work for is breaking the law... I don't know really. I'm not knowledgeable on legal matters.
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
Do you work in a call center? You may be surprised to learn that I too felt the same pressure and stress before, not to mention being far away with my family before, but what matter is, you need to find contentment in your job that will satisfy your needs or purpose. If you feel like discontented, you may redefine your career ambitions and limitations.
• Philippines
28 Feb 07
Contrary to what you believe, toolbag35, I do not work in a call center. And most importantly, I do not feel discontented with my job. In fact I wouldn't have stayed in the company for more than a year if I have any iota of job dissatisfaction in my body. What I am concerned is the fairness of the work hours and salary terms. Some of us Filipinos are not that vigilant with labor management practices in our country. We are so willing to enslave our selves for a mere pittance. We ourselves set our self worth so low. It is sad to think that we are putting our selves at a disadvantage and then whine to the government for letting "foreign capitalists" run the nation's economy and "exploit" our resources. Before blaming others shouldn't we analyze first what we have done to deserve our fate? Maybe we are at fault, too, don't you think?
@k4karthik (439)
• India
14 Jul 08
I am working in night shift. For me i have 45 min break. Total hours i should be in office is 9 hours. I never felt that is too tough. All the day time i am sleeping.
• United States
29 Jun 08
If you make average pay, I would say that is generous. I make aprox. 40K/year as a truck driver, Im home almost every nite with a 45 min. commute each way to work. I put in a minimum of 12 hrs. but usually about 16/day. Sometimes more. (no breaks). It don't leave much time for the wife and kid, but it pays the bills. I will eventually be my own boss doing what I love and working from home. Do what you love, and if there is something in your way (such as money in my case) then do what you have to do to get to where you need to be. If you love your IT job you will do it well and will be compensated accordingly. Good luck.
@piyoz000 (90)
• Philippines
27 Nov 07
If only I can never sleep at all, but we must. There was a time that I never slept for almost two days. I was hooked up on my pc and as I looked at the window, it was daylight, but yet I didn't sleep at all. I did the laundry, clean my room... and party. I even went to the mall the morning after. and when I slept, its like when a pc was shut down and never awake until you put it on.
@arcidy (5016)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I would hate it working 6 hours is bad enough but I guess if its a sit dows job and you dont have to stand then it wouldnt be too bad I guess.
@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
19 Jun 07
I work the same length, and get the same break. It's fair, if we used the definition of the word 'fair' that says it's neither excellent nor poor. I think it's the bare minimum, and I really wish more employers today would see it's in their benefit not to try to squeeze every little thing out of their employees, and that by giving them more perks, it means there's less of a chance of employee burnout.
@ydnac22 (804)
• Philippines
19 Jun 07
hi nascent!We're of the same situation. Are you a call center agent?I'm an It staff and working all night long for almost two years now.We're working 10 hours a day with 1 hour break.I understand how stressful it is.Just imagine I go to office at 7 pm and went home at 6 am.I can't even see the sunrise.Feel so exhausted sometimes that I feel like i need to travel very far to scape this stressful job but then I have no choice cause I need to work. By the way are you satisfied with the salary you received? I hope so? More power to you and goodluck! I hope you're taking vitamins.I always have stresstabs with me.:)
• Philippines
1 Mar 07
Well I guess in every work that we do there are certain sacrifices so that we can earn good money. Just don't stress yourself too much becuase it will cause you health problems in the near future, just relax nascent.