The schedule we’re adhering to at my employer’s office is starting to wear us all down.
We were told at hiring that we would be expected to complete “some” overtime throughout the year if needed, but none of us were ever given an explicit explanation of what “some” would actually entail.
I think that was their point, that throwing out a vague term like that would give them all of the power to interpret it whatever way they want depending on the day, week, or month. That’s precisely what they did with us all. Now I’m feeling overwhelmed daily and there is no end in sight. We can’t earn paid time off hours until we’ve been with the company for six months, which seems somewhat ridiculous in retrospect. I know a handful of coworkers who are forced to resort to heavy drinking in the hours when they’re away from work. I can’t imagine that alcoholism would help in the long term, but I can definitely sympathize with the feelings of desperation that precede it. How else does one escape that sort of inner turmoil and emotional hell? Others resort to cannabis use, but at least it has a therapeutic value to it that transcends anything that could be associated with basic depressants like alcohol. In fact, marijuana is so powerful as a medicine that its cannabinoids can be separated during extraction phases so you can experience therapeutic effects from one compound that doesn’t give you the intoxication that comes with another. In other words, you can take CBD supplements that help with stress and anxiety relief, but they won’t get you intoxicated like THC does. That’s how I stay sane at work, but taking CBD supplements all day long until I get home and can use high THC cannabis flower products.