Growing up, both of my parents worked full time for Qwest. It was the norm that they worked 40 hours a week. They worked hard, then they came home and we had quality family time. I can remember my mom being home around 3:30 or 4. My dad around 5. For many years my parents worked in the same town, so there really wasn't any commute time to factor in as time gone, which was nice, because if we ever needed anything at home or school they could bring it to us.
Today, 40 hours/week in "Corporate America" is working part-time. Brenton is expected to work a minimum of 50 hours/week. He usually is putting in 55 hours. Now let's factor in the 30 minute drive (one way) and that is now 60 hours a week-that's crazy! I find it interesting when companies pride themselves by saying they want their employees to have healthy work-family balance, but they leave you little time for quality family time.
A typical night Brenton comes home (6-6:30pm), we eat dinner til 7pm that leaves one hour for us to get cleaned up, take baths, play and get to bed. Doesn't seem like a healthy balance. I wonder if the wages have gone up with the expected work hours or just the hours have increased. Meaning is Brenton making what his 50+ hours are worth?
Being someone whose love language is quality time, this usually bugs me and rubs me a wrong way- maybe it's the normal and people think it's okay. But for me, it leaves me feeling irritated. Or maybe it just leaves me exhausted because that's 60 straight hours with kids that don't nap or are not in preschool!