Staff working longer for no extra pay

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

By Geoff Percival 

Up to 40% of professionals are working longer hours than they are contracted to with no extra pay — resulting in nearly €93m in lost wages.

A stark work-life study of Irish employees, undertaken by IT firm Citrix, shows they are on average working six hours longer a week than contracted.

Ireland’s entire workforce spends around 4.2m hours working for free, the equivalent of over €92.7m in lost salary.

The survey also found that more than 30% of the Irish workforce are currently dissatisfied with their position, 21% would consider moving jobs in order to shorten their commute and more than half (55%) have suffered from some kind of work-related stress over the past 12 months.

Employees in mid-level positions suffer more than their peers, are more likely to work longer hours without overtime, and are more likely to be dissatisfied with their jobs.

“Technology now enables us to work from anywhere at any time. We need to move from judging people on how long they spend at their desks to evaluating them on the work they deliver,” according to Grace O’Rourke-Veitch, head of Citrix in Ireland.

“By realising that people do not have to be in the office nine-to-five, employers will be able to benefit from a more content and healthy workforce, whilst also attracting the best talent”.

Ms O’Rourke-Veitch also said that a mix of high childcare costs and employers’ inflexibility` regarding working hours, is blocking talented women from re-entering the workforce.

“It’s time that Ireland started to live up to its full potential by unlocking the barriers to productivity for all employees by giving professionals the flexibility to balance their work and personal lives,” she said.

Respondents highlighted flexible working options and the chance to work from home as the main solutions for a healthy work-life balance; almost 50% saying they would be “highly likely” to work from home if they were offered the chance.


Article courtesy of the Irish Examiner