I was talking to a friend of mine recently at an industry credit group meeting. He told me over lunch that he was now working half days. I congratulated him. He told me his comment was meant as a joke and that half-days meant he was working 12 hours a day, every day. He explained that his credit team had shrunk by 50% over the last 2 years because senior management would not approve job requisitions as people left the credit department.
He has been working at least 60 hours a week for more than a year, and told me it was taking a toll on his family life and probably his health. I asked what he planned to do differently, and he told me that in this economy he felt lucky to have a job… but that if a better opportunity presented itself then he would certainly consider it.
In my opinion and in my experience, job opportunities rarely present themselves. People normally change jobs after an extensive job search. The math works something like this: For every 100 jobs you apply to, you will receive perhaps 10 responses. For every 10 responses, you are likely to become a finalist for one of those ten jobs on average.
My advice was for him to either (a) change his present working conditions starting with a candid face to face discussion with his manager, or (b) change his employer through an active job search. After all, all he has to lose was his health and /or his marriage.
When you are stretched to the max at work what approach(es) do you take to reduce your stress level and the impact on your personal life?
Michael Dennis’ Covering Credit Commentary. Michael’s website is www.coveringcredit.com.
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