Hell week at work? We get it. You’re at your third meeting of the day and it’s only 12 noon. All of your deliverables are due the next morning and the three cups of coffee you’ve downed are only making you palpitate. At this point, you aren’t really productive, you’re just doing a lot of things at once to no avail. You literally have no time for unnecessary drama.
In between naps and quick internet breaks, you realize that it’s been a while since you’ve last completed eight hours of sleep. You check your schedule and find out that you’ve been working over 60 hours this week alone. And the worst part is, you know the workload won’t be stopping anytime soon.
According to the Labor Code of the Philippines, the normal working hours of an employee should not exceed 8 hours. In a recent post made by writer and advertising professional Jeff Stelton, he briefly discussed what kind of crazy the advertising industry deals with on a daily basis. Overworking has long been the measurement of hard work and efficiency of an employee. It’s been proven so many times that the long hours of work, impossible deadlines to beat, and overcommitment to projects can affect one’s personal life in the long run. Employers and companies still fail to address this issue.
Knowing that overworking has been normalized in our culture, Young STAR reached out to five creatives from different fields to discuss their opinions about overworking, and what they did about it.