Workers feeling pressured to do more overtime
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.’’