Health & Safety
TUC Work Your Proper Hours Day - 24 Feb
13 February 2012
TUC Work Your Proper Hours Day (24 Feb 2012) is the day when the average person who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year, and starts earning for themselves - that's a day worth celebrating.
Over five million people at work in the UK regularly do unpaid overtime, giving their employers £29.2 billion of free work last year alone. 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 lunch break and leave work on time to enjoy your Friday evening - You deserve it!
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.
People do long hours for a variety of very different reasons, and work life balance expert Professor Cary Cooper has helped the TUC put together a long hours clinic tool, to give you tailored advice to fit your own situation. Complete the ten on line questions indicating how often you feel each of these statements applies to you in your daily working life and the tool will let you know what you need to focus on to improve your situation
- The Long Hours Advice Clinic: http://www.worksmart.org.uk/workyourproperhoursday/quiz
- Use the online balance check to diagnose what your workplace's working style is, and then add yourself to the big interactive map to see how you stack up against everyone else: http://www.worksmart.org.uk/workyourproperhoursday/quiz/quiz1.php
- Use the online unpaid overtime calculator to find out when you can celebrate paying off your long hours debt: http://www.worksmart.org.uk/overtime_calc.php
- Try the break-time on-line game: http://www.worksmart.org.uk/fun/breaktime
- The on-line Life Map shows you how you rated your own workplaces. Click on the pins for more info about each workplace. If you've not added yourself yet, you can do so: http://www.worksmart.org.uk/workyourproperhoursday/worklifemap.php