I will posit a question: at what point do you determine the stress level of your career is enough to make you walk away from it?
To be clear, I do not think I am quite there yet. I still enjoy my job and the people that I work with. But there is a growing sense of stress in my day to day operations. I have slowly seen my hours increase from 40 to 50 or more. Weekend work is not required at this point - but it seems more and more that such work is required in the sense that it allows you to keep up with what you needs to happen.
But if things do not significantly change for the better in the not too distant future, hard questions may start to have to be asked. It is never really the time to be without a job, of course - but as hours creep up, the average hourly wage starts to fall down. This year I found that my hourly wage actually drop 6% based on the hours I currently keep.
But the stress factor is the one that worries me the most. As it stands, I feel like I cannot afford to not check my e-mail in the evening and on weekends. I dream of work. And working a "regular" day almost feels like cutting out early.
So is there a threshold where one simply says "I am at my limit" and moves on?