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Workers Faking Long Hours

By Paperstone on May 13, 2012 in Office Workers
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More than a third of workers are spending unnecessary longer hours in the office in order to impress their bosses, a poll by Office Broker suggests.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents said they had regularly stayed late at their desks or came in early in the past year in a bid to seem more dedicated than their colleagues. Just over a quater (26%) said they consistently worked longer hours than were necessary to do their job effectively.

Employees were more likely to work longer hours when a pay review was imminent, after a change of boss or the announcement of redundancies.

A spokesman for office broker said the extra hours were of little benefit to companies.

“The general consensus is that many workers across the country are putting in longer office hours than ever before,” he said.

“What our research has found, however, is that many are doing it in a bid to improve their office image and win favour, rather than because their workload demands it.

“People are sitting idle in their office in a bid to stand out from their colleagues and impress their bosses.

“This means a poorer work-life balance and ultimately no productivity gains for the firm, just increasingly tired workers, which benefits nobody.”


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