Summary: I am salaried employee regularly working 15 extra hours (over 40hr/week of my contract) every week without overtime pay. I work from home (WFH). I want to decrease amount of unpaid overtime in a professional manner, given that my coworkers and managers are used to it.
I'm a salaried software worker who currently works 50-55 hour weeks on the regular, on occasion more. This is done out of a pressure to stay productive and to meet quotas. It is also partially due to distractions related to Work From Home (WFH) conditions. Over the past few weeks, my manager has expected more and more, and it seems as if the only way to keep up with the demand. Part of this as well is a mandatory 38% of the 8-hour work day being dedicated to meetings, naturally stifling productivity. There are also other, minor factors. I know that a few of my co-workers have caved as well as I, and are also working around 55 hours. I'm now wanting to take back the time that was once mine. It may be relevant to note that us employees are not given any compensation for working more than 40 hours.
In a corporate environment, what's the best way to do this? Gradually, or Immediately? Is it better to tell my boss, or should I let him tell me if something's off? Should I wait until after the upcoming crunch, or would it be better to do it while we're on a tight schedule?