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Are your employees pretending to be overworked?

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HC Online | 16 Sep 2015, 07:57 AM Agree 0
According to one expert, HR should be watching out for employees who are falsely claiming to be overworked.
  • sceptical | 16 Sep 2015, 11:42 AM Agree 0
    Research since World War 1 has shown that longer hours are associated with lower productivity. With the possible exception of short stints, most people who work long hours are less productive. There are good recent demonstrations in the papers published in The Economist at the end of 2013 and 2104 on working hours and productivity in 22 OECD countries, using more than two decades of data from each. They showed high-productivity countries had low per capita working hours and that productivity dropped smoothly and consistently from approximately 28 hours per week (the lowest level measured). That suggests the average Australian worker (even if part-time and full-time workers are included in the calculation) is overworked, if productivity is your measure. While some of the suggestions above are appropriate, given the level of work intensification that has occurred, and the average Australian full-time worker does about 6 hours of unpaid overtime each week, maybe actually properly evaluating workloads is the first step!
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