According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 5 million of Australia’s 7.9 million full-time employees put in more than 40 hours every week, with 1.6 million racking up more than 50 working hours.
Deadlines or intense periods of activity in our working environment can sometimes mean we can’t stick to standard hours of work. It’s when long hours becomes the norm rather than the exception that it can negatively impact our health.
Most employers and managers recognise the need for people to have reasonable levels of work intensity, to work a reasonable length of time (7.5 to 8 hours), and to only work longer and more intensely on certain occasions.
Try to limit the amount of overtime you do. If it's becoming more normal than not to be working extra hours, discuss your duties with your manager. If it remains an issue you have the right to raise the issue with your Human Resources department or Occupational Health and Safety Officer. You might also consider talking with your union representative or getting advice from Fair Work Ombudsman. These conversations can be difficult, but most employment contracts outline your rights and the processes for raising concerns – so it's important to follow these procedures and seek appropriate advice.