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Study: Australian employees working longer hours

Posted by Eureka Editor

Last updated on September 28, 2015

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Conferencing tools can reduce the need for employee overtime.

More Australians are working longer hours than ever before, according to the results of the 2014 Hays Salary Guide.

Over the past year, the recruitment authority found that close to one in three (31 per cent) of employers said their employees are increasing their overtime rates.

The Hays Guide highlighted just 11 per cent of employees reduced overtime over the year, with 58 per cent indicating that the overtime was continuing, but not increasing.

How much has it risen?

Based on the data, the time employees spend working overtime has increased significantly. Two in five (40 per cent) said it has risen by up to five hours per week. Another 34 per cent are working between five and ten hours more each week and 8 per cent indicated an increase of more than 10 hours a week.

Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand Nick Deligiannis explained that how businesses are dealing with flourishing work loads comes at the expense of employee wellbeing.

"To cope with this increase, it seems that many are increasing the workloads of existing staff," he said.

"But pressure to increase productivity without increasing headcount has the potential to cause workplace stress and employee burnout, which will cost a lot more in the long run."

What solutions are available?

As 65 per cent of organisations don't pay overtime, employers need to find solutions to better manage workflow and productivity.

One way to address increasing overtime rates is to incorporate a conferencing tool such as teleconferencing or web conferencing.

Both can be easily integrated into the business strategy and taught to all employees in a matter of minutes. By having these tools on hand, meetings and conferences can be held at quicker notice and more efficiently.

This will mean that employees spend more time working on other projects during office hours, rather than having to stay late to finish up.

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