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I'm 40, married with a family. I work in a small retail environment where my boss is the owner. He has over the top standards that I have kept up with for two years but am now on the edge of a breakdown over. I work 4 days a week, 10 hours each day. He will not let anyone work less than 10 hours as he insists that you do a 'full day'. This sort of suits me anyway as it's nice to get three days off.

HOWEVER, no one gets a break, no lunch break, no tea breaks, nothing. You are expected to eat while you work and you are NEVER allowed to sit down. Then you NEVER EVER finish on time. So my days are at the least 10.5 hours long and sometimes 11 hours long, UNPAID. No overtime. I'm late coming home, my family is so angry over it and when I get home I'm so tired. When you say anything he says that he does it and if you want to be thought of as worthwhile you show the same dedication as him. Well I have but it's breaking me. I have tried talking with him, explaining it's not only unreasonable but not really right re workplace laws but I get no where. In fact he just makes me feel like I'm somehow not being a 'good' employee. He says if I can't cope with the pace it's because of my outside interests. (I run and go to the gym and go hiking).

I'm on holidays now and everyone keeps telling me how good I look, how calm and happy I seem. HELP I'm going back on Tuesday and I don;t want to carry on with the stress anymore.  
Employee: kirali
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I worked a 4 day , 3 off shift. You are basically a workaholic, who is self motivated. You have to use time management. You go in late , probably cause you stay late , the boss makes you feel bad or gets on you for being late in , so Change it , if you go in at 8am, take a lunch and 20minutes before your shift ends , gather all items to be prepared to leave. when you go in to work , tell your boss , you are staring classes at a local college and they start 1 hour before your shift ends . Go to a book store and purchase a old college course , but looks like new book , so it looks on the up &up. You have to place family 1st to a point. if you are a workaholic , like I think, you are valuable to this employer. But you have to do work smarter not harder. It';s not lying , because you do have a class at home. place yourself 1st , try it for 1month and see what happens.
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