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Working (Too) Hard for the Money: The Negative Impacts of Excessive Overtime

October 16, 2019

Based on client and project needs or the seasonality of the business, many companies ask employees to work a considerable amount of overtime for sustained periods. This begs the question of whether excessive overtime creates a negative impact on productivity, quality and efficiency in the workplace. The experts say yes!

Employers typically think when employees work overtime (over 40 hours in a work week) that more hours on the job correlates to more productivity. This is not always the case! According to Pennsylvania State University professors H. Randolph Thomas and Karl A. Raynor, a study of construction workers revealed that productivity continued to decline at a faster rate as overtime hours increased. The more consecutive weeks employees worked overtime, the less productive they were. This is not to say that an employee cannot work 70 hours in a work week, however, studies show that the last 10 hours of the week will be unproductive.  

In addition to the lack of productivity with excessive or extreme overtime, other areas of concern point to safety issues due to fatigue and carelessness. Increased hours can lead to sleep deprivation for employees resulting in accidents at work, low quality of work and high absenteeism. Employers should consider the negative aspects of over working employees and how it will affect work product.

From an employee’s perspective, there are negative aspects of working overtime as well. Not only can excessive overtime be exhausting, studies show overtime can create homelife conflicts when trying to effectively manage personal and work commitments. To be productive, the balance of hours worked needs to be fulfilling for employees without adding stress or reduced mental health.

If excessive overtime cannot be avoided, EctoHR recommends closely monitoring and tracking employee overtime hours and being intentional about ensuring that individual employees are not consistently working excessive overtime month after month.

Employers often argue that due to workload and project demands, employees must work excessive overtime. However, after looking at the facts and recent studies, can a Company actually afford the true cost of excessive overtime?

For assistance on setting boundaries or implementing guidelines for overtime, please contact an HR professional at EctoHR, Inc. at hr@172.81.118.1.

Gartenstein, Devra. “Relationship Between Overtime & Productivity.” Work – Chron.com, http://work.chron.com/relationship-between-overtime-productivity-2952.html

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Working (Too) Hard for the Money: The Negative Impacts of Excessive Overtime | EctoHR | Your Human Resource Outsourcing Firm

Working (Too) Hard for the Money: The Negative Impacts of Excessive Overtime

Based on client and project needs or the seasonality of the business, many companies ask employees to work a considerable amount of overtime for sustained periods. This begs the question of whether excessive overtime creates a negative impact on productivity, quality and efficiency in the workplace. The experts say yes!

Employers typically think when employees work overtime (over 40 hours in a work week) that more hours on the job correlates to more productivity. This is not always the case! According to Pennsylvania State University professors H. Randolph Thomas and Karl A. Raynor, a study of construction workers revealed that productivity continued to decline at a faster rate as overtime hours increased. The more consecutive weeks employees worked overtime, the less productive they were. This is not to say that an employee cannot work 70 hours in a work week, however, studies show that the last 10 hours of the week will be unproductive.  

In addition to the lack of productivity with excessive or extreme overtime, other areas of concern point to safety issues due to fatigue and carelessness. Increased hours can lead to sleep deprivation for employees resulting in accidents at work, low quality of work and high absenteeism. Employers should consider the negative aspects of over working employees and how it will affect work product.

From an employee’s perspective, there are negative aspects of working overtime as well. Not only can excessive overtime be exhausting, studies show overtime can create homelife conflicts when trying to effectively manage personal and work commitments. To be productive, the balance of hours worked needs to be fulfilling for employees without adding stress or reduced mental health.

If excessive overtime cannot be avoided, EctoHR recommends closely monitoring and tracking employee overtime hours and being intentional about ensuring that individual employees are not consistently working excessive overtime month after month.

Employers often argue that due to workload and project demands, employees must work excessive overtime. However, after looking at the facts and recent studies, can a Company actually afford the true cost of excessive overtime?

For assistance on setting boundaries or implementing guidelines for overtime, please contact an HR professional at EctoHR, Inc. at hr@172.81.118.1.

Gartenstein, Devra. “Relationship Between Overtime & Productivity.” Work – Chron.com, http://work.chron.com/relationship-between-overtime-productivity-2952.html

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