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Go Home on Time Day

Go Home on Time Day (Last Updated On: November 18, 2016)

Today is “Go Home on Time Day” aimed at all Australians in the workforce. The day was created in 2009 by The Australian Institute (TAI) to bring attention to a work life balance, or lack thereof. It aims to initiate conversations in the workplace about the impacts of working too long and what this does to our relationships, health and our lives outside of the office.

A report by TAI “Walking the Tightrope” has been released in the wake of “Go Home on Time Day”. No it’s not a ploy to get us all to walk out of here at 5.30pm but it has some staggering findings.

Australian employees have experienced a deterioration of their work/life balance over the last five years, 4.9 million (or 42%) of the workforce said that their balance between work and live had significantly worsened in this time. TAI’s study found that the problem is linked to working longer and not being paid for overtime. Employers currently across the country are getting a whopping 58.8 million of hours of work from their employees which is unpaid.

This is due to a number of factors;

  • Job security; employees are willing to work hard to secure their jobs rather than be unemployed;
  • Salary and remuneration; employees do not wish to take a pay cut in order to improve their current work/life balance;
  • Laws; the study found that employees think new laws are necessary to established a better balance.

Employers today should ask themselves some fundamental questions. Do my staff have enough quality time with their family and friends? Are they finding it hard to go to the doctor for a simple check-up? Are they jeopardising their role as a parent in order to meet a deadline? If the answer is one which does not have the best interest of your staff at heart then perhaps a change is needed.

How can Australians achieve a better work life balance without packing up and moving to Norway?

There are some ways that many workplaces have adapted which actively improve the work life balance:

  • More flexible hours at short notice; if employers manage leave and alternative working hours using programs such as hronline, employees can work the same amount of hours whilst being able to engage in other aspects of the life like taking their child to school.
  • Fixed finishing times; some offices have implemented no phone calls or emails after 5pm. Employers deny their staff access to their phones and inboxes and even the office entrance. This prohibits staff from working after the common completion time.
  • Rostering annual leave; some workplaces roster portions of annual leave days each month, this means that employees receive a day off once a month.
  • Renegotiating hours; when the GFC hit many employers imposed the 9 day fortnight. Employees took a 10% pay cut and received a long weekend every two weeks. It not only kept their bosses afloat but also the employees loved their three day weekends!

If you have any questions relating to flexible working arrangements for your staff call Employsure today on 1300 651 415 or fill in the form below. Employsure can implement new employment arrangements or help you to transition your staff to improve their work life balance.

*Information sourced via the Workplace Express Website, The Sydney Morning Herald and

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