Working Hours - That they Affect Us, And Solutions6341974

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Working hours and the way they are arranged will help a company manage its business and help its employees balance their responsibilities at work and at home.

Considering the majority of the working population take more time at work than at home, it's pretty much obvious work hours can greatly affect our happiness both at work and home. Many businesses however are coming under increasing pressure to meet demands 24/7, whether that's due to technology or otherwise is another matter, what this does mean is the fact that it's now a lot more important for employers to try and balance this with all the needs of these employees. Because of this there is an increasing increase in flexible work, including; flextime, shift work, job sharing or homeworking.


The significant Time Regulations claims that the limit an average employee should work is 48 hours a week, although employees may choose to work longer, must get 11 consecutive hours' rest in almost any 24-hour period and something day off each week. As demand grows for employers it is increasingly difficult for employers to increase the number of work hours in a year while wanting to maintain that balance for employees.

Listed here are a couple of solutions which have, and are becoming, more popular then ever:

Overtime has become popular amongst employees because it is an easy way to find some extra cash, and that we could all do with a little more of the in this current climate. However it is not just employees that are reaping the benefits of overtime, employers benefit from the benefits of flexibility it gives them if they find their dependence on workers can increase at short notice. Offering overtime is usually less costly for your employer than recruiting and training extra staff or hiring temporary staff via recruitment agencies.

Flextime is another becoming popular with employees albeit not as much as overtime.

Unless you know what flextime is, it's once your employer enables you to choose, within set limits, when your working day begins and ends. You will find often however 'core' instances when you must work for e.g. 11:00 to 15:00 with flexibility about the number of hours you're employed before and after these 'core' hours.

Flextime does however still mean you should work a specific number of hours, typically worked out per a month. Often many employers will even allow you to carry over a certain amount of hours your debt or extra hours you've worked to the following month.

At Inter Payroll we feel this type of arrangement might be great within payroll. Typically payroll sees its busiest period in the given month a few days leading up to pay day. Some argue the other three weeks from the month employers could use a smaller workforce. With flextime employers can set core hours for that week the business enterprise runs its payroll to make certain it has maximum resources, while allowing employees to choose their work hours for the remaining 3 weeks of the month. Obviously we're using payroll for instance here and we're there are much better examples available. We just can't think of any at this time as we write this!