Ok so I work for a bank in London and am currently suffering a situation where:
- the team is under resourced but due to budgets the firm are making more and more cut backs, but work is always increasing so we have to make up for it
- My contract states I do 9-5pm 'and additional hours where required'....
Well, the problem is, every day is additional hours. We have been told we aren't doing enough as a team but I and many of my colleagues are doing 9-whenever, I am often eating my dinner about 10-11pm at night. I often leave work 7.30-9pm.
We have been yelled at for not staying late enough in the last few months, and I have done what I can. I am exhausted. Due to this we have all been quite upset by the comments and it is impacting all of our mental health.
There are members of the department doing their strict hours, such as 8-4pm and 9-5pm not a minute over, but people let them off due to their child circumstances. Us without children make up for their home lives.
I am exhausted. I am fed up. I struggle for time to actually look for a new job. I feel like I work in a prison.
If we chat we get told we talk too much and don't have the right attitude.
My question is - what can they do if I just start leaving at 5pm?