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Is Overtime Beneficial to You or Your Employees?


Overtime hours are controversial, whether they're assigned to nonexempt employees for extra pay or expected from exempt employees. Do they really make employees, and businesses, more productive? How do you know whether it is actually helping or harming your employees and your workplace? Here are a few things to consider.

  • "Important" is not the same as "busy." It is easy to confuse important and busy in the workplace. Some people will work long hours because they feel that the company can't function without them. But being busy is not the same as being productive. And being important shouldn't go hand in hand with too many hours in the day.
  • Results-oriented workplaces. Some organizations are combating long hours by implementing a results-oriented workplace. This means that regardless of the task, it takes only as long as it takes. This prevents employees from padding their hours to take advantage of overtime.
  • Productivity depends on personality. Your employees have different personality types that will influence the way in which they are productive. Type A personalities like to take the lead. Creative types might need to have inspiration before they tackle an important task. Don’t shoehorn your staff into models that don't work for them. Play to their strengths.
  • Set limits and boundaries. As a manager, only you can curb unnecessary, and even unsafe, overtime practices. The most important aspect is to set boundaries. Don't expect your employees to answer emails after work hours. Set limits on the number of overtime hours they can work in a week. This will help them have a better work/life balance and actually improve the quality of their work during regular business hours.

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