Yes, something we've all dealt with. Sometimes it is voluntary. Many times it is not.
At my old agency, there was tons of it. Usually worked 45 hours a week, minimum. Hardly ever worked only 40 hours. Anything less than 45 hours of trauma and drama was a light week. By contract we were limited to a top of 60 hours of hard labor (my words, not the MOU) a week. Can't remember how many of those I worked. Simply, too many.
But, at my new agency, I typically work a 40 hour week. Rarely work 44 hours. But.... the last few weeks, due to illnesses and vacations and jury duty, I have worked 48-52 hours.
And boy, am I feeling it!
I have gotten very spoiled with the 40 hour work week. I miss my 4/10 work schedule, but really enjoying a regular sized work week.
But the 44 hour work week three weeks ago, 52 hour week two weeks ago, 44 hours last week, and 48 hours this week (so far), I am exhausted! And the headaches are back.
At my old agency I really developed a headache problem. Probably from working as many hours as I did. Plus, I needed glasses. (Vanity issue, yes) But I don't remember feeling quite as exhausted as I have the last few weeks.
-No comments from the peanut gallery that I am older now and thus more likely to get tired more easily.-
I just know that after two years of working for a smaller agency, and not dealing with all the overtime on a weekly basis, I got very comfortable with my 40 hour work week.
And really complaining because I'm not working a 40 hours work week.
Sheesh. I need to get a life.