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Could a shorter working week for your employees benefit your organisation?

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I know there are many sectors where working beyond your contractual obligation in terms of hours is very common. It appears that within the UK this is very much the norm, however with more adverse effects resulting from this prolonged working, more organisations are looking to address the issue.

I came across the article: “Could a shorter working week solve the UK’s employment ills?” (http://www.theweek.co.uk, 2017) It debated whether working fewer hours could result in greater productivity to an organisation and the general consensus was that there would be fewer negatives than positives. In fact it states:

“In the UK, the average working week is 35 hours, for an average salary of £27,000 a year. That may be fewer hours than our American counterparts, but a survey by TotallyMoney.com found that 60% of British workers say they don’t have a good work-life balance, and only a third of employees leave work on time.”

The article went on to conclude that essentially the only negative issue would be addressing the pay with relation to staff working fewer hours. Many employees will struggle to with a wage reduction by adopting this so will employers be expected to pay the same for fewer hours? While some may see this as unfair, if productivity and morale improve as a result, then the investment is essentially justified.

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 being discussed specifically, as highlighted by many previous articles, Rota Horizon acts as the perfect tool to justify any change to copany culture with reference to employee working hours.

Each organisation will have their own measurements in terms of productivity. Rota Horizon is simply going to produce the accurate information on the number of hours completed by each individual. An organisation could easily compare productivity under the current approach against the new working schedules that will be highlighted in the Rota Horizon Reporting capability.

Below Highlights the Planned VS Actual Report that takes the planned shifts in a time period to the left and compares them to the actual hours completed by the employee in the middle. This is a great report to refer to for an organisation keen to stamp out workplace fatigue and ensure staff aren’t doing far more than their contractual requirements.

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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