“Almost a third of financial services workers are badly affected mentally by ‘working around the clock’, a study by Lockton has found:
Living in age of always being online and contactable for work-related issues is having a detrimental effect on the mental health of financial services employees, it has been suggested by Lockton’s Global Benefits Forum Survey.” (www.covermagazine.co.uk, Adam Saville, 2018)
The content in this article is sadly becoming a more common topic of debate, addressing the productivity vs employee well being argument. Naturally business owners are going to want to strive to ensure their company is as successful as possible and part of achieving that is offering the best service to clients, but at what cost is the question posed here.
The article discusses how there does appear to be a stand-off between Management and Employees on the effect on the employee by working outside core hours. In fact that article states that management in the very high percentages believe that it has no effect on their productivity while the responses employees gave would suggest otherwise.
This could be seen by management as short sighted, simplistically thinking that working more increases productivity. The articles highlights that while this may reap short term rewards, the long term effects can be particularly damaging for the employee, that as a result will harm the company giving them more of a problem to rectify.
How does this apply to us here at Thinking Software then?
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, make staff planning far easier and communicate employee hours with any form of Payroll Software.
Rota Horizon also seamlessly integrates with the majority of Access Control Manufacturers hardware, more information on those we currently integrate with can be found Here.
With reference to the article being discussed specifically, Rota Horizon is a tool specifically used to understand where you are devoting resource to specific departments and when. As a result you can use it effectively to monitor productivity and identify what patturns there are based on individuals working hours.
Using Rota Horizon to understand exactly when staff have been working, it will become very apparent the affect working outside of core hours will have on specific individuals. With the reporting capability within the system and just by viewing the Department Rota, Management will be able to see when staff have been working outside their core hours on a regular basis and can ensure they are rewarded, perhaps with a Lieu day (that can be managed in the system).
Below highlights how Management will view the Department Rota where they will allocate staff to their department and the shift they are planned to work. Based on when they clock in and out the system then communicates this information against their shift advising whether they are; late, early or whether they have done overtime:
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