When did you last work your proper hours? Today is Work Your Proper Hours Day, the day when the average person who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year and starts earning for themselves. More than five million people in the UK regularly do unpaid overtime, giving their employers a staggering £29.2 billion of free work in 2011 alone. So, whether you are an employer or employee it is worth taking some time today to consider work-life balance and how well you are managing this.
If you want engaged, fully productive employees, managers should be able to identify those employees who go the extra mile and those who are struggling under the weight of their workload. A workforce management solution gives you a real-time view of employee hours worked that will enable you to make better informed decisions with regards to employee recognition, scheduling, training and HR policies. Find out more about improving work-life balance and how you can better manage your people to achieve this, whilst still meeting your business objectives, in this white paper about Employee Engagement. The TUC workSmart website also has lots of useful information for employers and employees as well as an unpaid overtime calculator you can use to find out when you start your paid hours.
So today make sure you take your breaks, stop work on time, and have a think about your work-life balance – remember high levels of productivity aren’t always down to working long hours and can be counter-productive to your health and well-being.
Why not let me know your thoughts on the UK’s reputation for working long hours – do you think it should be discouraged? What would you spend those extra two months of the year doing? Leave me a comment I would love to hear.