Any organisation is going to want their workforce to be as productive as possible, that goes without saying. But where is the line drawn to when exceeding the working hours expected of you becomes void or counter productive. I suppose it prompts the question what is the correlation between increased working hours and increased productivity.
Well according to the article; “Britons working longer hours with no gain in productivity,” the title makes it very apparent on what research has found. It would seem that the 2 don’t go hand in hand as perhaps some may assume and many employers may hope.
The article states that; “More than two-thirds of employees say they are working longer hours than two years ago, but only 10% believe they are more productive.” The article also goes on to say that; “The study found that nine in 10 workers said they believed productivity was important and almost 80% said their employer measured it, at least sometimes.”
From a logical perspective, productivity has to measured. Particularly in the commercial business world where the organisation’s survival is based on generating a net profit it’s imperative to ensure that your operational costs don’t exceed those that are being recouped for the cost of your product or service. Not measuring this productivity in any way would be both damaging to the organisation and irresponsible to those they employ, reducing their job security as a result.
So how does this apply to us here at Thinking Software?
For those of you who are unfamiliar with us, we provide an Enterprise Time & Attendance solution, Rota Horizon, which has the potential to be your greatest ally with reference to workforce management
From a very simple perspective with reference to this particular issue, Rota Horizon will empower your organisation to understand exactly what hours your employees are working. This will highlight any employees that are going beyond and above the call of duty, regularly exceeding their contracted hours.
This could be by the use of the rounded exceptions report that will highlight when an individual has clocked out significantly later than their planned finish. Or perhaps by viewing the contracted hours report for a week or month that will highlight the hours an employee was expected to work in that time period, against those they actually worked highlighting any positive or negative variance.
It may also be the case that within your organisation employees work on a Flexi-Time basis, which really does make it difficult to manually track what hours staff are completing in an effective manner. With Rota Horizon’s Flexi-time module this will allow you to record just that. This too will enable the employee to check their Flexi-Balance empowering them to manage their own time more effectively. There is the ability to specify core hours that staff must be on site for as well making this a really powerful tool again for measuring productivity against hours completed.
Finally, for those working in an environment where time has to be shared between different projects, perhaps allocating time to different clients Rota Horizon can assist you greatly here too. Below highlights this by highlighting an employees 8 hour shift. It then shows the shift being divided assigning different hour quantities to different projects, another very effective way of measuring productivity.
So if you believe that your organisation could benefit from a Time & Attendance solution then please do call us on 0800 854 471 or enquire below. Please also feel free to request a software web demonstration by clicking here and providing the details requested.
To read the referred to article please click here.