Skinypupy wrote:It's a totally different paradigm for us commission only sales folks. I do whatever I need to do to bring in revenue (which translates to a paycheck), and that typically requires 50-60 hours a week. I suppose I could only work 40 hours a week, but I'd a) be making a lot less money, and b) probably not be employed for long because I wasn't hitting sales goals. Nature of the biz.
Well, yes and no. Somebody at your company set up the sales model, the goals, the product, and the comp plan in such a way that, apparently, (assuming you're reasonably good at your job) the job requires a 60-hour work-week to make money. Now, it could be that you're choosing to put in an extra 20 hours because it bumps up your salary to an artificially-high level, equivalent to somebody choosing to work overtime. If that's the case, then that's fine. But if scaling back to 40 hours would mean both a huge hit to your income and a potential to lose your job, then you're being exploited.
I don't typically lean this far toward socialist/communist rhetoric, but I think these kinds of working conditions are damaging to us as individuals and as a society, and nothing will change if we continue to accept it as the "nature of the biz."