About 6 months ago I was promoted to manage a small team with direct reports. We work from the same office, 2 x 9 -5 salaried positions, one part time admin support. The 2 full time directs were promoted up at the same time as I was.
I have recently become aware that they are consistently working longer hours than I am. I do work over and above the basic 40 hour but having burned out in the past, I am very aware of my work and personal obligations, and am very careful with my time management. I am accomplishing all of my own regular work and starting to take on some delegations from my boss.
I have weekly O3s, and always ask my directs how they are finding their workloads and offering support if they identify problems. Generally, they assure me they are comfortable working as they are. I encourage them to prioritize and try to give them clear guidelines as to what work is critical.
I typically put in .5 - 1 hour extra per day, and have no problem putting in whatever extra is required for particular circumstances. What I strive to avoid is consistent 50 + hours per week. Both full time directs probably do around 50 hours per week at present.
In some part I think this is due to their being relatively new to their jobs, in part to their personalities and work styles.
I feel guilty leaving before them, but at the same time I want to set the example that they don't have to work late every night. Also, I don't want to work late every night, and have put quite a bit of effort into organizing my work so I dont' have to.
What are other peoples' thoughts on this?