WORKOUT More weekends spent in office
SKILLS shortage in Australia is taking its toll on weekends for employees.
A Robert Half survey of 2283 finance professionals in 17 countries shows about three out of five Australians work more than one weekend a month. In contrast, three out of five in Spain and Ireland never work on weekends.
Work extending to weekends is a negative indicator of work-life balance.
The survey shows 70 per cent of Australian employees work between 39 and 55 hours a week. About 11 per cent work more than 55 hours a week.
‘‘ As companies expand understaffing can become an issue, which becomes more pronounced during a skills shortage,’’ says Robert Half director Richard Dunks.
‘‘ As a result, people are working harder to get the job done. The skills shortage means people are also being promoted earlier than they were in the past, and so may have to put in longer hours to learn their new roles.’’
According to the survey, the reasons for longer working hours include more pressure (61 per cent), company growth (54 per cent) and understaffing (31 per cent).
Along with longer working hours, employees are also spending more time on the mobile phones and emails keeping in touch with office outside of work.
The survey shows 38 per cent of Australians always keep their mobile phones switched on and check office emails outside of work. About 40 per cent take their PDAs or laptaps with them during holidays. About 13 per cent are workaholics who are restless unless they are in touch with office.
For those thinking of going overseas to retrieve their weekends, Hong Kong would be the wrong choice. About 90 per cent of the employees there work every other weekend, the survey shows.
Other nations in which a significant proportion of employees work one or more weekends in a month are New Zealand (49 per cent), Canada (68 per cent), Japan (74 per cent) and Italy (76 per cent). The survey also shows: Those working in companies with less than 50 employees are more likely to take work home than those in large firms.
About 37 per cent of Australians never work on weekends.
About 59 per cent never take work with them during holidays.