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UK workers are spending less time at the office: What about you?

I recently came across the article: “UK Workers Are Spending Less Time at the Office: What About You?” When I saw the article first I assumed that the focus was going to be more on remote working, but it very quickly becomes apparent that is not the case:

“According to new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) — the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority, a department that reports directly to the UK Parliament — only 11 percent of UK employees now work over 50 hours week. In 1995 this figure stood at 16 percent. The statistics show that more employees are now working between 36 to 40 hours a week. Most full-time employees are now working on average 37.4 hours a week.”

This makes really positive reading, especially with some of the focus of previous articles being on work induced stress, this sounds like a positive move in the right direction for the working population. That said the article then goes on to highlight the reasons for this citing both positive and negative reasons for this outcome.

The article refers to 5 related factors that contribute to the decrease of working hours that once discussed, leave a mixed conclusion as to whether the outcome is better or worse. These include: “Better Job Market, Uncertain Global Economic Forecasts, UK Labour Initiatives, Promoting Work-Life Balance and Remote & Mobile Workers.”

My conclusion is that it is more positive overall. The UK’s economy appears to be more prosperous than most which as a result is meaning that employees have greater confidence is the jobs, reducing fear of dismissal. The introduction of legislation like the working time directive does try to ensure employees are protected from fatigue and improving morale, resulting in higher productivity whilst at work.

Remote & mobile working has its pro’s and con’s but overall I see it as an employer providing an employee with a more flexible platform to complete their job, as opposed to the ‘always on’ school of thought that counters this.

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.

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.

Using Time and Attendance data

Once you’ve collected accurate Time and Attendance data, your managers can use it to:

Calculate employee work and overtime hours
Manage your company flexi-time scheme
Monitor lateness, absence and break times
Record lieu hours
Check Working Time Directive Compliance
Record holidays, sickness and other absence

As well as collecting and using attendance data you will also want to record when your employees aren’t at work, and why not.

With Rota Horizon you can:

Manage holiday entitlement and plan annual leave
Monitor sick days and calculate Bradford Factor scores
Record other absence reasons that you can define in the system

Self Service

The Self Service module currently allows your employees to:

Clock in/out (their GPS location is recorded when using a mobile)
View their work schedule (past, present & future)
Request annual leave/absence
Check remaining holiday entitlement
View unallocated shifts and request to work them
Set their availability
View their flexi-time balance

Overall Rota Horizon provide the perfect tool to address the topics covered in the article and ensure that you have the best understanding of your employees working hours. The information captured in Rota Horizon can empower management to change company culture for the better, increase productivity and reduce unnecessary operational spend.

So if you believe that your organisation 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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