When Working Hard Means More Work

Work 1

You often stay late nights while the rest of the team heads out. Sometimes you stay until 2am.

Work 2

You try to do the nice thing by sacrificing your own time and money, thinking that you’re helping others.

Work 3

You think that by going to work sick, this would impress your managers. Your co-workers find this annoying, and they avoid talking to you directly because you could get them sick. The stress has taken a toll on your health. The doctor says your blood pressure readings are scary, and your days are plagued with migraines.

Work 4

Despite your sacrifices, and other’s sacrifices, people are still let go, and THEIR work is added to your plate.

Work 5

Every once in a while, they’ll dangle the carrot a little bit closer to keep you on your toes.
Work 6

It takes a toll on your relationship. The stress builds up. You go from having sex several times a week, to once a month, to none a month.

Work 7

It always feels good when you excel in your work, and you see the company is making money due to everyone’s efforts. You also hope that you’ll see a bit of that trickle down into your pockets.

Work 8


You’ve become bitter and resentful. You see how little they value you and others. How little they value their own product and customers by pushing things to be made cheaper and cheaper, lessening the quality of goods. You wonder how much harder you’d have to work. Lip service and promises don’t pay the mortgage.

You eventually give your two weeks. And you wonder if you did the right thing. But despite that, you feel better about yourself.

Work 9

As soon as you hand in your notice, the company brings in a temporary worker to do all the work you’ve been doing, for less money, and zero benefits. She will work hard, hoping that she at the very least gets a full time position.

8 thoughts on “When Working Hard Means More Work”

  1. This was me. Not the overtime, because overtime was not allowed, but the piling on of new responsibilities with no (or very little) additional compensation. My days were full, critical work done first, and then I rushed through the time left to finish everything else. I would have looked for a new job, but I was over sixty and it is difficult to find something WITHOUT being older in my region. Eventually, they supposedly reorganized the department (I seriously doubt it) and laid me and another off. I was unable to find employment, and retired. I am still bitter.


    1. I’ve helped build resumes for some older folks, and the common sentiment is, that it is SO much harder to find a job as a senior, even with great credentials.

      Good luck with any future endeavors!


  2. I’ve read papers by economists and policymakers that the US even as prosperous as it is in an economic sense, the income disparity and job mobility is the worst out of all developed nations, as to why job mobility. I’m curious as to why job mobility came to be. By the way love the comic!


  3. I work in architecture and this has been my life for the past several years. My pay was cut to prevent layoffs as well, I do the work of 10 or so people and i haven’t been given an appropriate promotion (other than the one I mentally gave myself and eventually when new staff was hired it became my role anyway..) I work late always…2am is not unusual but i will be a #*$%! to everyone around me that week. When things are good they are good but with this weird up and down economy & its been rough. Things are uncomfortably slow. Thank you for this comic & others. Even though this was more on the depressing side- it’s the real life some of us face!.


    1. My dad is an architect as well, and I’ve seen him go through the same BS. And I’m very familiar with those late-no sleep nights. Hopefully things get better for you! 🙂


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