On call 24-7? How to take your life back

Perfectly bad advice. A single employee never changes The Boss nor does a single employee change company culture.


Dear Annie: Would I be committing career suicide if I asked my team leader to back off a little? When I started this job five months ago, I assumed that, since he has three small children and a wife who also works full-time, my boss would honor my need for some personal time on evenings and weekends.

Boy, was I wrong. Right from the get-go, he has texted and emailed me at all hours of the day and night, and several times I’ve been handed a project on a Friday that has to be finished by Monday, so the weekend is shot. My coworkers, who have all been here a lot longer, seem to be used to this, but having essentially no downtime is starting to get to me. Now that I’ve been putting up with it for a while, is it too late to speak up and set some…

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