My field office has been one of the hardest hit field offices in the country in terms of work load. We have fallen way behind because we don’t have enough agents to complete all the work that comes in. We’re generally known as a busy office, but things have gotten so out of hand that we aren’t expecting to be caught up until 2016, possibly even 2017.
We’ve had several agents from different areas come in for three weeks at a time to try and support our team and get things more manageable. While it helps, it’s still not enough.
One of the perks of working for the federal government, or at least my position within the government, is that I never have to work more than 40 hours a week. While some of my friends in different industries might make more money than me in a calendar year, I always remind them that my hourly rate is not far off from theirs since they frequently show up to work early, stay late, and even go in to the office on the weekends.
Sixty hour work weeks have never been a part of my life.
Yesterday, my boss sent out an email, letting me and a few colleagues know that we are authorized to work up to ten hours of overtime per week for the foreseeable future.
It is completely optional, and there is no expectation from management that we must take advantage of this program.
I get paid 1.5 times my hourly rate for overtime.
Assuming this stays an option the rest of the year, I could gross an extra $30,000 this year.
Which virtually replaces the income we forfeited when we decided Girl Ninja should quit teaching and be a stay at home mom.
Let me get this straight. Girl Ninja can quit working the 40+ hours per week she was putting in as a Kindergarten teacher, I can pick up an extra 10 hours per week, and it’s like nothing changed in regards to our income?
While I legitimately enjoy the work life balance my job provides, I’m definitely willing to give up a little more of my free time if it means we can provide a nice financial buffer for us this year.
How many hours a week do you put it in at work? Do you get paid overtime for extra hours? If your supervisor offered you 10 hours of voluntary overtime right now would you take advantage?