The TUC is calling for employees to take proper lunch breaks and leave work on time, after statistics they found highlighted that workers are completing around £33.6 billion worth of unpaid work each year. The Mirror has also reported that as many as 5.3 million of us work an additional 7.7 hours for no added pay.
Although overtime is at times unavoidable, if it is a common issue then it can actually do more harm than good to productivity, managers are being called on to lead by example.
TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, said of the study: “Anyone worried about the long-hours culture in their workplace, should get together with workmates and join a union. That way you can get your voices heard and get the support you need to make sure your boss doesn’t break the rules.
“The government still doesn’t have a water-tight plan to stop working time protections getting weaker when we leave the EU. The Prime Minister should promise to put a guarantee into our future trade deals with Europe that British workers will have a level playing field with EU workers.”
Profession and amount of unpaid hours per week
CEOs – 13.2
Teaching and educational professionals – 12.1
Finance institution managers – 11.3
Production managers – 10.3
Functional managers (including HRMs) – 10.0
Health and care service managers – 10.0
Managers in other services – 9.2
Legal professionals – 9.1
Senior Officers in protective services – 8.8
Transport and logistics managers – 8.6
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Link to full article on this by HR grapevine: https://www.hrgrapevine.com/content/article/news-2017-02-24-which-professions-work-the-most-unpaid-overtime