Work Your Proper Hours Day

22 February 2017

‘Work Your Proper Hours Day’ falls on Friday 24 February this year and is the day when the average person who does unpaid overtime finishes the unpaid days they do every year, and starts earning for themselves.

According to a report from TUC workSMART over five million people at work in the UK regularly do unpaid overtime. In 2016 this gave their employers £31.5 billion of free work.

WorkSMART advocate that long hours are not good for us:

  • they cause stress;
  • they're bad for our health;
  • they wreck relationships;
  • they make caring for children or dependents more difficult; and
  • tired, burnt-out staff are bad for business.

But they also say that we should not turn into a nation of clock watchers. Few people mind putting in extra effort from time to time when it is needed, but it is too easy for extra time to be taken for granted and become the norm day in day out.

If this is you then workSMART recommend that you should:

  • take some time to reflect on how well (or badly) you're balancing your life;
  • take this one day in the year to make the most of your own time;
  • have a proper lunchbreak; and
  • leave work on time to enjoy your Friday evening - you deserve it!

Although 'Work Your Proper Hours Day' for 2017 is 24 February, your own pay day may come earlier or later, depending on the hours you work above your contracted hours.

Use the workSMART online unpaid overtime calculator to find out when you can celebrate paying off your long hours debt.


CIPP comment

By law, all workers must be paid at least £7.20 an hour if they are aged 25 years and over, or the National Minimum Wage rate relevant to their age if they are younger.

An online form is now available to use for reporting concerns about you or about someone else and names and other personal details are not required. The form can be used to report information about:

  • an employment agency
  • working time limits (48 hour working week)
  • national minimum wage
  • minimum wage when working in farming or agriculture.

Pay and work rights complaints online