Work­ers feel­ing pres­sured to do more overtime

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AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TIVE and of­fice sup­port staff no longer work just the 9am to 5pm work­ing hours, with many go­ing above the call of duty, new re­search shows.

Robert Half In­ter­na­tional’s Of­ficeTeam sur­vey finds 76 per cent of ad­min­is­tra­tive pro­fes­sion­als are work­ing longer hours than ex­pected by their em­ployer while 52 per cent feel pres­sured to work ex­tra hours.

It finds 84 per cent of staff some­times come into work when sick and be­ing ‘‘over-stretched’’ is the main rea­son to work longer for 67 per cent of of­fice staff.

Of­ficeTeam as­so­ciate di­rec­tor Stephen Lang­ham­mer says em­ploy­ers need to find ways to re­ward their of­fice work­ers, es­pe­cially if salary rises and in­creased ben­e­fits can­not be of­fered. ‘‘It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of em­ploy­ers to man­age their staff’s hours,’’ he says.

‘‘If em­ploy­ers can’t af­ford to re­mu­ner­ate their staff for the ex­tra hours they are work­ing, they need to com­pen­sate them in other ways, such as in­sti­gat­ing a bet­ter work/life bal­ance in the of­fice.’’

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