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I have a really great team under me. We all work really hard when we get a new contract. The trouble is that weíve had 4 great contracts in a row, and theyíve all been putting in an awful lot of time, even their own time. I reward them for it, of course, but itís beginning to take its toll anyway. Itís hard on them (and me, for that matter) to work such long hours all the time, at full tilt. But I donít have the budget to hire anyone else, and if we donít work the long hours, we donít get the work done. What can I do to help?  
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If you are employee:

a) Discuss with the company to increase your hiring budget so that you can get additional manpower to resolve the acute shortages.

b) Discuss & brainstorm to reschedule the projects and contracts. Large amount of work is only a problem when you are not given enough time to complete them.

If all discussions failed, quit the job. There's no point going beyond the call of duty for an organization that prioritizes profit margins above its employees and willing to subject its employees to constant hardships.

If you are an employer:

a) Change your mindset. Profits and bottom-lines are very important but there's no way you can get there if you have an overworked team that is breaking apart sooner or later.

b) Invest and find ways to automate or offload non-core tasks from the overworked teams or departments. Anything big or small off an overloaded team helps in a big way.

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I would rethink and reallocate the work among the team members, balance the hours and review if I can afford to hire another person at least as a part time worker.
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