GEORGE TOWN - For the workaholics, they would love to work round the clock if they could.
Retail store manager Saraswathy Nayar (above) said she had been putting in about 13 hours of work a day, six days a week, for the past year.
“I start at 10am and will work until 11pm or midnight.
“It is my responsibility to make sure things run smoothly for the company,” said Saraswathy, 27.
Admitting that she is “married” to her job, the mass communication graduate said even during the Deepavali break she still did some work via e-mail.
“I don’t mind the extra hours because I enjoy working,” she said, adding that she was tasked to overlook four outlets of her company.
Saraswathy, who is single, said she was not entitled to overtime pay but her effort would determine her performance bonus and annual increment.
“My parents are making noise, asking me when I will settle down. For now, work comes first,” said Saraswathy, who owns three handphones to make sure her colleagues could reach her anytime.
“I have a phone just for work e-mails, another for other calls and one more in case a phone runs out of battery,” she said.
Engineer Patrick Lim, 30, takes his laptop with him whenever he goes on holiday because of the endless work e-mails.
“I don’t really have a choice. Sometimes there are last minute requests from clients that I have to respond to immediately,” he said, adding that it has become a habit to frequently check his e-mails on his smartphone.
Lim said he worked most weekends, especially when he was involved in projects.
“I try to go on holiday at least twice a year, but even then I still have to make work-related phone calls,” he said.
A procurement specialist, who only wanted to be known as Mohd Radzi, said his two children always complained that he spent too much time at work.
“I rarely go on holiday and I have not taken any medical leave since I joined the company a year and a half ago,” said the 43-year-old.
Mohd Radzi starts work as early as 7am and goes on until almost 10pm each day. He said he was usually in the office even on weekends.
“When you enjoy your work, you don’t mind putting in those extra hours,” he said.
Motion graphic artist Mohd Nazeer, 24, said he only met his good friends about once a month, as most of his time was spent with co-workers.
He said he seldom made plans anymore with his friends as he did not want to cancel the date due last minute work.
Nazeer said he would feel restless when he was not working during the weekends, adding that he felt guilty about taking sick leave.
“I always feel something needs to be done even though I do not know what it is,” he said.