Death Of The 40 Hour Work Week

It’s true, the 40 hour work week no longer exists. Sure as an employer you say “Nope 9-5, that’s all my staff work”. But we all know it’s a white lie we tell ourselves.

But what does this mean for us as employers, managers and
team members? How can we use this FACT to help us support our team?

Firstly, we need to accept that we ALL give more than 40hrs
a week to our job. Scratch that, we all put in more hours regardless of our
rostered hours.

To grasp the understanding of why we say the 40 hour work
week is dead, we need to do the math first (sadly). Now this can be a bit of hang-up
for some employers and managers but its just honestly. How you acknowledge these
facts will allow you to address them effectively.

Work isn’t just 9am-5pm anymore, we think about it to and
from work, we talk about it to loved ones when we get home, we stress about it
when our mind wanders and so much more. But what does that mean for hours
directly related to work?

  • 9am-5pm Job 40hrs
  • Weekly commute 7.5hrs
  • Talking about work to loved ones & friends 10hrs
  • Stressing about the job 7.5hrs
  • Total work hours-65hrs

Numbers from survey conducted across number
of industries. Numbers are averages

In a week there are 168hrs, if you’re one of the lucky ones
who gets 6 hours a sleep a night on average, that leaves you 126hrs awake hours
in week. That means 51.6% of your week spent JUST focused on work.

But what does this all mean to us as employers, managers and
employees?

When someone spends over 50% of their time dedicated to
something, it is important that they are happy with what they do. No one wants
to spend the majority of their time doing something they dislike. Its not
healthy for them nor is it helpful to the company they work for.

It’s in all companies’ best interests to remember how much extra
time is spent by their team outside of the regular 40hrs.

What can we do?

Acknowledge, accept and reward!

Pull your team together, at the end of the week, have them
stop working for a short time and thank them for all the extra work they have
been doing. Perhaps stop and go for a social drink BEFORE the end of the day.

                By doing something like this within business hours, means you aren’t adding to the hours spent on work. Yes, going for a drink isn’t “work”; however, they are with their boss, with their co-workers... it’s work.

Look into hosting social events, or some fun event which bring them together to acknowledge their sacrifices they've given

Where possible, and within one’s budget, offer dinner vouchers,
movie tickets, something to say thank you for the team and all their hard work.
Give them something for them to use which will hopefully force them to STOP
working.

Lastly look inwards at yourself. Look at how much extra time
you work and the impacts it is making on those around you. We all need to stop,
refresh and take a moment to enjoy the things we’ve built around ourselves.

Sometimes we can all get caught up in the race and miss important things along the way. Don’t allow yourself or your team to bury their heads so deep in their work they miss all the sights along the way. That’s not how a good team grows.

Remember its not a 9-5 anymore. Contact Premier Team Building to learn how we can help your team so develop