Your Longest Work Day and Work Week?

@theprogamer (10539)
United States
November 14, 2007 8:11pm CST
Well my mylot friends and fans its been quite a week and I haven't had one like this in awhile. Its not even over yet either. Thanks to double meetings and a public meeting I've been working extra, extra hours. My workweek is a mess. My non 120% discussion this time is the following. What is your longest work day? (hour wise) And with that, what is your longest work week (hour wise, and/or days per week). I'll reveal mine since I just broke a record. Last Monday was a 13.5 hour day thanks to what I described earlier. After the workweek is over it'll be 63.5 hours put in (maybe more depending on what happens). The last longest workweek was 62 hours and that was two years ago. Well when you have the skills and the right job, work can go on for quite a bit. Usually its 10 to 11 hours a day and roughly 50-55+ hours a week (plus some independent work I do from time to time aside from that). Just thought of it as a discussion, but I wonder what your workdays and weeks are (or have been) like. Cheers to you -Pro.
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@candytang (341)
• China
15 Nov 07
Till now ,the longest workday and week was of my first job in a toy company .That really a unforget memory and I can remember it as yesterday .There have no reset one week ,even one month ,but everyone must work extra ,the worse thing was the food the company supplied was bad and always I only eat little .Fortunately ,I left the company and found another jod which five days and eight hours per day .
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Nov 07
I'm glad you got something better Candy. Be sure to rest up when you can as well. Take care of yourself.
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• China
19 Nov 07
Good morning !dear friend!Thank you!I will take care of me as well as I can .The same for you.
• United States
15 Nov 07
Sounds like you are pushing some long hours..but I have some long ones sometimes too... I can't complain though because my boss is super nice and he gave me a raise.. I think some times I push about 50 - 60 hours..I get paid well though.. Cheers:)
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Nov 07
They do pay me well, and this was an abnormal week anyways. But still 50-60 hours can get dry, even with tasks one doesn't mind or even likes (yep its like this for me most times). I think its more of an endurance thing, both physical and mental.
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@williamjisir (22900)
• China
15 Nov 07
Hello theprogramer. The longest work week that I have ever had this year is working for 17 days straight without having a day off, which was in September this year. We work from 7:55 to 11:30 in the morning and we will start to work at 1:30 till 4:10 in the afternoon, and then again we work from 6:30 till 9:05 in the evening. This is our schedule. Most of the time we work for ten days before we have a four-day rest. I am glad that we are going to have a four-day rest in one more day. I always look forward to my days off when I work as I feel stressed and tired from working for ten days straight because of our work.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Well, I think you won the discussion Will. I didn't mean that in any wrong way, but 17 days straight for a work week, hard to imagine. My dad also worked long in such a manner so its not that foreign. Its just hard imagining it applied to various professions. But this discussion does give good insight on the matter. Days off are pretty good, but I've been in a situation where I actually pined for work or wondered about it. Other days, like this past weekend I take the full rest (main reason why my posting has been rather low the past few days but I think some people could figure that with this discussion).
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• China
20 Nov 07
Hello the programer. I am glad to know that I have won the discussion. Maybe till now I have been the only responder who has worked for so long before having days off. Yes, our schedule is like this as our students come from different places of the country. Ours is a bording school. We have this kind of schedule for the convience of the students and teachers going back home for a visit. So we always have four days' rest after working for at least ten days. Thanks so much for your further response, dear friend. Have a good time.
• China
20 Nov 07
Thank you so much for the best response, my dear the programer friend. Have a good day and happy posting.
• United States
15 Nov 07
i worked a 16 hour shift today. Started at 6:45am. I get mandated at my work. This tends to only happen a couple of times a week right now, but a couple of months ago it was extremely possibly to have to work a double every day. It is hard.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Nov 07
16 hours?! "Does not compute" I mean just to get enough sleep you'd have to fall asleep immediately after work or something! Teasing. At my workplace there are no double workdays, but long after day meetings and events can come up from time to time.
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• United States
19 Nov 07
We get mandated all the time. It has slowed down a bit due to the holidays. People want to work over to make extra money. This is the last pay period before christmas.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
1 Dec 07
Of course. But still... 16 hrs? O_o I really can't get around it.
@GardenGerty (115037)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Okay,not counting myLot, any online work, or any independent contracting like merchandising my typical work week is 37.5 for the "full time" job, and , if I work no extra shifts, 23 hours for the part time job. I have about five hours total travel time to work per week, and leave my house at 7:00 am. Yesterday is my longest work day this week. I was actually on the clock 14 hours, because we had an extra activity I had to drive for.I left my house at 7:00 am and returned home Longest work day within the last six months was 17 hours at one job, this summer, again, for an activity. I was at a state Special Olympics Track Meet, Dinner and Dance. The reason I refer to my school job as my full time job is because I am there for forty hours, but 2.5 hours is lunches, and I get full time benefits from it, including state retirement and health insurance and life insurance. I do not work holidays or weekends there, and I do not have summer work. So I have the second job, so that I have an income in the summer.
@GardenGerty (115037)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Left house at 7:00 am yesterday, got home at 10:00 pm is what the discussion should have said, but hubby was talking to me at the same time.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Some of that sounded like last week for me, mainly the 7am to 10pm thing (it was close if I count all time spent out of home). And from here Gerty, it sounds like you are keeping very busy. Maybe for the next discussion I'll add mylot and other independent endeavors to the mix.
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@writersedge (22577)
• United States
15 Nov 07
Hi programmer, nice to meet you. The most hours I ever worked for the Clinton County ARC in a row was 24 hours. Eight hours substituting for someone at Day Treatment, 8 hours driving a client (now called consumers, but they weren't back then) and then an overnight--which, much to my dismay was a stay-awake and not a sleepover! Not sure what my total was for the week, but they wanted me to drive clients in the next day, I told them I was walking home and going to bed. Then the accountant didn't want to pay me overtime! Not sure how many hours I was over 40, but I had way more hours as a part-time employee than I did as a full time one. I worked all 7 days that week. I even had a 1/2 day of substituting for a local school in there sometime during that week. The most hours I ever worked for the Clinton County Sheriff's Department was every other day a double when half the staff was out doing training. So 16 hour day, then 8, then 16, then 8. So, 16, 8, 16, 8, and 16. Those days are gone. I've had too many injuries and I can't work like that any more! Thank goodness! I work 6 hours the most and 24 hours is my longest work week so far at this new job. But now I can't pay all my bills. The trade-offs we make. Oh well. I usually work 20 hours and I'd like to have another 20 doing something else because my current 20 is all standing. Take care
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Nov 07
With all of that Writers, I want you too to take care. Sounds like some hard weeks/years you had. You have less hours now and you want something else to make it 40, but be sure to take care.
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@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
15 Nov 07
my longest work day would only take about 9 hours. ^__^ my usual workday is only 8 hours and i would only work overtime if my boss would feel like not going home yet after the clock strucks at 5pm. ^__^;; she would usually extends up to 30minutes to 1hour more. and seldom do i work on the weekends, coz my workweek is from Monday to Friday. i only get to work on weekends if i have articles to write or if i am in a fieldwork. ^__^
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Sometimes my bosses have kicked me out of the workplace via "I'm leaving and locking up!" Some of my previous and current co-workers are under the impression I'm a machine.
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@laurika (4536)
• United States
15 Nov 07
I remeber mine longest working ay pretty good, because it was not so long ago, only about three years. I was working in parfumerie shop in one big supermarket and we had extra opne before christmas till midnight.I was working that day 13 hours, but actually it was really that bad like I though. It was before the christmas and everyone was in that nice mood and we had a great time with customers, everyone was just kind and nice to us.
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@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Well that's good to hear Laurika. I've seen situations on both ends of Holiday shopping. One hand, you have nice people. Other hand, it looks like the Children of the Corn grown up. -_- Yes, some people really don't get the spirit, they do however get the "me me me" parts. Sorry for the slight trail off. Thanks for sharing!
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• United States
15 Nov 07
When I worked for my former employer I would put in about 60+ hours a week. I was on salary and they demanded that I put in extra time. I no longer work for the slave driver.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Thanks for the insight. While I like the job, even liking the activities and doing that for long hours does have its effects. And you are so correct, can't wait to become a little more financially secure. I don't think I'll cause a scene like one of my former teachers, but there will be some sort of low-key celebration on this end!
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@kiobug (2250)
• United States
15 Nov 07
At my old job, once I worked for sixteen days in a row. It was exhausting for a minimum wage job. Some days were nine hours and some were five but it was still tiring.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Ah, since you put it that way Kio, I'm now able to understand the longer workweeks. Some service sector/min wage jobs can do that.
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@butterfly39 (3907)
• Philippines
15 Nov 07
We only work for 6 days Mon-Sat from 8:00 to 5:00. So if there things needed to be done we are given three extra hours to make those stuff (overtime) but optional only.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
19 Nov 07
Okay, sounds reasonable. Thanks for sharing Butterfly.
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