I have worked at my company for, unofficially, 17 years. When I first started working there in June, 1992, the average work week was 55-57 hours. Sometimes you worked more than that. I was 36 years old at the time and I could handle the long hours and short nights of sleep.
17 years and three knee surgeries later, I need less hours work and more hours sleep. Even moving into a quasi desk job, I still find it difficult to crawl out of bed at 3am. I could get up later if I wanted to put up with both rush hours. But this morning, things will change slightly.
I received a call from my department manager yesterday. I was notified that I had to cut my time down to 40 hours. This would be down from 44-45 that I normally work. No surprise there as all the other departments got notified before I was. And I had to split my time between plants, doing calibrations at the other shop 1-1/2 days a week. I'm actually looking forward to the change.
I also like the prospect of getting an hour extra sleep in the morning. I will start an hour later, which means I will have to contend with the first part of the morning rush and therefore have to plan my drive accordingly. With construction on I-77 at two places in my commute, that will present a challenge. Good part is I will get to listen to more Wynn and Wilson in the Morning on my way in.
And the best part is that I still have a job.