Labor and Economic Opportunity
Security Manager in Clinton Township, MI
I’m a security manager in a public setting with six years of experience. I’m paid for 40 hours per week, but lately I’ve been averaging about 52 hours per week. I make $43,100 a year with no bonuses or overtime pay. I work Tuesday to Saturday. I start at 7 a.m., and I’m supposed to get off at 3 p.m., but that never happens. In addition to administrative duties that include running payroll, ensuring procedures are being followed, developing training documents and verifying training, I am also required to work the floor as a security guard as one of my staff would. That often means I am doing paperwork, taking meetings or conducting interviews after 3 p.m. I work until 6 p.m. at least once a week, but more often than not, that happens two or three times a week.
This makes my sleep schedule unhealthy. Sometimes I get five hours of sleep, and other nights I go to bed at 8 p.m. because I’m completely wiped out. I’ve gotten good at finding times during the week to catch up on sleep. It shouldn’t be a necessity, but it’s something I’ve managed to do. I don’t have much time for anything but work. I canceled my gym membership because I never have time to go, and I abandoned the hope of furthering my education based on my current working schedule.
Worst of all, it’s my home life that suffers. I’m married, and my wife and I don’t get to go out as often as we’d like. When we do, it’s a last-minute decision and we’re forced to meet somewhere after I leave work. There’s no room for planning my life out. I miss birthday parties and countless other events. At the end of the day, the reward for this sacrifice hasn’t been what I was led to believe it would be. In fact, as my career has progressed, I find myself increasingly in unpredictable professional positions.
I do my best to try and push through. But there’s only so much I can do to keep myself alert and remain pleasant at 8 a.m. on a Saturday morning when I’ve already worked 50 hours. It’s difficult. I’ve heard a lot of people use the word “burnout” in my industry, and that’s probably what I’m quickly approaching. The previous person who had my job left because of burnout. Many of my friends and mentors in the business have done the same. Overtime protections would certainly help reduce burnout in this industry.