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Tick tock, time to knock off.

CultureNovember 18, 2016

Tick tock, time to knock off. (Last Updated On: November 18, 2016)

Putting in additional hours at the office has increasingly become a social norm, regardless of what industry you work in. However, it is important for employers to be aware that a burnout can happen even to the most enthusiastic employee if they are constantly burning the midnight oil.

You may look at your employees who continue working after the official ‘knock off time’ as a testimony to their hard work and commitment to your business. While this may be true, there are actual benefits as to why you should be encouraging your employees to leave work on time.

• Always working overtime ruins productivity

When an employee begins to think ‘it is okay, I will just stay back late and do it’, they may procrastinate during the day, take more breaks or waste time because they believe they will simply get everything done later. The mindset of having more time in the day to get tasks done can actually lessen the time employees are productive during official working hours.

However, if employees know they absolutely must be out the door at the end of the day, they are most likely to schedule and plan in order to meet their deadlines.

• The line between work and personal life gets blurred

If an employee is always putting in extra time at the office, they begin to feel that they have no life outside of work. This is a sure-fire way for resentment and ill feelings towards the workplace to begin, which can also spread to other team members.

If employees leave work on time, they have more time for themselves to exercise, socialise, relax and get a good night’s sleep. If leaving work late becomes the norm then employees are more likely to schedule appointments or run errands during work hours, because they feel they simply do not have enough hours in the day to get their personal tasks done.

• Employees want acknowledgment for putting in extra hours

Regardless of whether or not you encourage your staff to work back late, if they are consistently putting in additional hours then they want recognition for what they see as going above and beyond the call of duty.

If one employee stays back late and gets recognised by their manager as being an exceptionally hard worker, then other employees will be encouraged to do the same. Before you know it, you will have an entire workforce of drones who simply refuse to go home!

• It is important that bosses leave work on time as well

When employers frequently work back late, their employees begin to feel that they cannot leave until the boss does – regardless of whether or not you want them to.

As an employer leaving work on time shows you care about life outside of work, and also gives the impression that you care about your employees’ personal life as well. When bosses understand the importance of a work / life balance, they are more likely to respect their employees’ time and provide fair warning if a meeting may possibly run late or a task that could potentially cause workers to stay back late.

As Australia’s leading workplace relations specialist Employsure can assist with any questions you have relating to managing your employees for a more productive workplace. Call us today on 1300 651 415.

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