My career... Is stalled. I just got a delivery job a few months ago after working for my dad for a decade, and turned me and it into a wreck, both physically and emotionally. The current company wants to be avant-garde, but the way it goes about it left me ambivalent, with changes that simply makes no sense. Fortunately, I can ignore most of it. But almost mandatory over-time is a PITA.
Basically it goes like this: We're a delivery company, and we take vans out all over the place, dropping 50-80 boxes. That's par for the course. Now I know how those UPS guys feel. Any way, it's the way they schedule that rubs me the wrong way. The original work description ways 40-50 boxes. That's very doable in 9 hour workday (including lunch and 2 breaks). However, when they up'ed the workload to 70 boxes, THEN introduced separate loads (in the same van) so you have to look boxes in two separate places, things got messy. Then they introduced a barcode system to make sure we got both loads, and things got ugly indeed.
I've been dealing with them by ignoring half of their system... I basically don't scan the barcodes at all. It's optional, and it slows me down a couple seconds at a time. I also mix the loads (putting the "dry" loads with the matching "produce" loads) so I can grab them at one go, rather than looking for them each and every time. I grab the dry loads for the next 5 orders, "stage" them with my next produce loads at the rear of the van, and that made my life quite a bit easier.
But the way the schedule these vans are just dumb, IMHO. What they do is a mix of "mutual aid", and "roaming help"...
Mutual aid: If one guy finishes early, he can go help out the other guys. Unfortunately, this rewards lazy bums, and creates extra work for those who work efficiently. Obviously not all people who can't finish early are lazy bums (sick, accident, etc.) some could have bad luck with a lot of apartments and such. But really, everybody was talking about "pace yourself, don't finish too early" behind the office's back. And mutual aid is like across cities. I think I ended up helping a guy in San Francisco when I finished in Benecia, which is like 40 minutes away.
Roaming help: They also schedule one guy with only like 10-20 boxes, basically extra light load, then sends him driving all over the area trying to take another 10-15 boxes off different people. That sounds like the most stupid thing ever. The time the two drivers have to coordinate, drive to meet each other, and transfer the boxes, then go drop the orders, sounds like 20-30 minutes wasted. I did it for one day. I ended up only dropping 30-40 boxes that day, and spent half the time driving here and there.
Basically, the load varies, as not all people order on the same day, but our driver schedule doesn't seem to vary. Add the need to help out others, the work was okay mostly, but it's starting to drag with the rainy season.
I honestly don't see myself working this long-term. OTOH, dispatching 50 drivers doesn't sound fun either.