Tags: working hours

Kevin Young: Against home working? You’re holding back the tide

Hewlett-Packard’s CEO Meg Whitman says it will take five years to steady the ship at the troubled tech firm. But if the Silicon Valley giant continues to take backward steps – such as its recent decision to discourage employees from working from home – it will take considerably longer to get its ducks in a…

43% of UK staff say they ‘cannot work any harder’

 Social care workers are UK’s most overstretched staff 43% of UK staff say they ‘cannot work any harder’ 22% of employees have the workload of two or more people But hard workers are getting their rewards from the ‘Career Progression Recession’ 47% of people say a heavy workload has benefited their career Spread-thin British staff…

NHS consultants in talks over contracts

NHS consultants are to engage in talks about new contracts that could see them doing more evening and weekend work and guaranteeing seven-day care for patients. Formal contract negotiations with NHS Employers would start in the autumn but the British Medical Association (BMA) has asked its members whether they agree. The union asks how, if…

Stress levels increase as UK employees work more hours, according to Towers Watson Study

A vast majority of companies worldwide continue to struggle with attracting and retaining the high-potential and critically-skilled employees necessary to increase their global competitiveness, according to a new survey conducted by global professional services company Towers Watson and WorldatWork, an international association of human resource professionals. The survey also found that employees are experiencing high…

Simon Bolton: Getting back to a 9-5 workplace

A happy workforce is a productive workforce. But maintaining a happy workforce is easier said than done, with a number of threats and uncontrollable variables that can destabilise a harmonious atmosphere. One such danger is the increasingly competitive nature of employee ‘work ethic’ that is fast becoming a staple of this current generation of workers.…

Working hours have increased for little extra reward, finds survey

Senior finance professionals are spending longer in the office this year than last, with over half of companies initiating pay freezes since 2011 The vast majority of senior finance professionals have experienced an increase in their working hours in the first half of 2012, yet salaries have hit a stalemate. Whilst 83% of respondents indicate…

Managers work the longest hours – but don’t get paid for it

Managers and senior officials work the longest total hours of any major occupational group, but much of it is unpaid overtime, a new report by the Office for National Statistics on hours worked has shown. By comparing data from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE),which looks at paid hours, and the Labour Force…

Some haulage firms ‘on edges of legality’ over hours

Greater enforcement against the ‘long hours’ culture in the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) sector should become a government priority, the Unite union has said. Unite has called on Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, to boost the resources for the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), which regulates the roadworthiness of the industry’s lorries. Unite’s call has…

The world of work 2036 – no more ‘9 to 5’

Research suggests that ‘standard’ working hours won’t exist in 25 years The standard ‘9 to 5’ working day will be a distant memory in 25 years. The emergence of truly global markets will mean that working hours become more flexible and more employees will be required to work through the night. This is according to…

UK workers put in 26 million extra hours each day

Businesses Benefit From £225 Million Of Unpaid Labour Daily UK workers are putting in a staggering 26 million* extra hours in the workplace each day, according to new research from Aviva. Aviva’s latest Health of the Workplace Report shows six in ten employees regularly work beyond their contracted hours, putting in an average of 1.5…