My work hours changed recently. Ok not the hours, but the tracking of the hours.
For some odd reason, I’m hourly. It’s a corporate job, I’m expected to work 9-5, yet I have to clock 2 in and out. Actually, they’re losing money us because because I occasionally get overtime whereas if I were salaried I’d be working late anyway for free.
Now we have a new system of tracking our time, so management took the opportunity to address lunch.
9-5 is an 8 hour day. And to keep those hours, technically I can’t take a lunch.
I used to be able to take a full hour away and, obviously, I liked that. When I was a beginner at the company, the tenured people encouraged me taking the hour. I’d do everything from buy/eat lunch, did errands… I’d even nap.
It was awesome.
But now Management is cracking down and if i did anything other than go into the kitchen to get/ heat up food… if I have to leave home to buy food… I have to clock out then in again, then I have to work early/ late to get that time back to make 80 hours every 2 weeks.
Yeah I know many have it that way. It’s just a change that introduces less convenience. I do think people benefit from a full break from the work. This overwrought working at our desks while eating lunch just sucks my soul.