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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Friday Feb 22nd - Work Your Proper Hours Day

Friday 22nd February is this years' "Work Your Proper Hours Day" - a campaign promoted by the TUC to raise awareness of unpaid overtime and the importance of "work-life balance". More information here.


Long hours are not good for us; they cause stress; they're bad for our health; they wreck relationships; they make caring for children or dependents more difficult; and tired, burnt-out staff are bad for business.

Nearly five million people in the UK regularly do unpaid overtime, giving their employers an average £4,955 of free work a year. If you're one, why not take some time to reflect on how well (or badly) you're balancing your life?

This is one day in the year to make the most of your own time. Take a proper lunchbreak and leave work on time to enjoy your Friday evening - You deserve it!


I don't know about you, but I don't need any encouragement to take a long lunchbreak and go home early on Friday! However, if this campaign makes some of our more stressed or workaholic workmates think more about the effect their work patterns are having - and how through being organised they might change them if they feel compelled to work that way against their will - then it is a good thing.

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1 Comments:

At 7:37 pm, Anonymous WorldbyStom said...

It's funny you should mention that. When I cycle into work in the morning I'm always amazed by drivers (and indeed other cyclists) who are rushing in... it makes me wonder what sort of work they have that it's so crucial that they push others out of the way. And although some of that is self-directed a lot is driven by the organisations people are in.

I love my jobs, and I hate being late, but... I don't consider it the end of the world if I am, and it isn't, is it? That too is about life/work balance...

 

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