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How many overtime hours do you work?


“Britons work an average of 38 days over and above their paid contract every year, according to a new study. Researchers found a typical member of staff puts in an extra 305 hours and 30 minutes each year – often unpaid and unappreciated. ” (Emma Elsworthy, 2016)

I came across the article: “YOU work average 38 days a year … for FREE!” which made extremely interesting reading, providing the statistics for additional hours worked by UK Employees. It is quite amazing to think that 38 days is the. additional average that employees work, when annual leave legislation entitles the vast majority of workers to 5.6 weeks off.

The article goes on to state that when employers were questioned why they did the extra, the response was that: “41 per cent say they feel it’s the only way they can do their job properly. Six in 10 people claim they are EXPECTED to work additional hours and put in overtime as and when necessary, with only five per cent of these people enjoying more money as a result.”

It does appear to be very common now in company culture, that what people are contractually obliged to do and what is expected, are two different things. There is an expectation in a lot of companies that you leave ‘when the job is done,’ an ethos that has generated mixed opinion in this article.

In recent articles we have looked at more innovative and forward thinking approaches with reference to employee working hours, which would give strong evidence to suggest that an employee simply working longer hours doesn’t necessarily result in greater productivity. However there are times when a ‘needs must’ approach applies so striking a balance is likely to be the best compromise for both Employer and Employee.

So how does this apply to us here at Thinking Software?

For those of you not familiar with us here at Thinking Software, we have developed and support our Enterprise Time & Attendance solution, Rota Horizon.

It provides you with the perfect Workforce Management tool to accurately record and monitor employee attendance. Our solution also seamlessly integrates with the majority of Access Control Manufacturers hardware, more information on those we currently integrate with can be found here.

The solution allows you to: Electronically plan your staff rotas more efficiently, produce over 150 Time & Attendance reports, Monitor lateness, absence & break times, Calculate employee work and overtime hours as well as exporting accumulated hours to any payroll system or excel spreadsheet to match these up against the relevant pay rates.

With reference to the article discussed specifically, Rota Horizon provides the ideal tool to understand exactly what additional hours employees have completed. So this can be through the contracted hours report, that looks at an employees contractual obligation vs the hours they actually completed. This could also be done through the Working Time Directive report that looks at those who have exceeded an average of 48 hours.

The Self Service Module is also particularly advantageous in this scenario. It enables employees to make requests to their seniors or clock themselves in & out for work (GPS Tracked). This way if employees are actually completing work away from their office location they can record the fact that they are doing exactly that so they will be recognised for their remote work.

This presents a more flexible way of working which further allows with the use of the Flex-Time Module. This enables employees to complete their contracted hours as and when they choose within the parameters set. So you may have core hours between 10am and 2pm where you have to be on site, outside those hours the employee is free to dictate when they complete the rest of their contractual obligation. This flexible way of working may result in employees working less hours overall and achieving a greater work-life balance around their other commitments.

So if you feel you could benefit from a Time & Attendance solution then please do call us on 0800 854 471 or contact us below. Please also feel free to request a software web demonstration by clicking here and providing the details requested.

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