Working hour records are a tool for supervisory work
Business school graduates work long hours. Rules agreed upon jointly between employees and superiors not only enhance coping and comfort at work but also help the organisation succeed and attract the best employees.
Investing in occupational well-being and personnel makes sense. The companies selected as the best workplaces in 2011 made good profit. While the overall results of companies decreased by approximately 15 per cent, the best workplaces improved their results by nearly the same percentage. Many companies also downsized that year, but the best workplaces created a thousand new jobs.
In fact, investing in occupational well-being has become an asset when competing over the best employees.
Actual working hours reveal what gets done
Working hour records are a tool for one's own work as well as supervisory work. Employees' working hour tracking is part of an employer's responsibilities as provided in the Working Hours Act.
When records are kept on working hours, it is possible to look into the grounds for commonly voiced concerns about excessive workloads and to find out if the right things get done at the workplace during working hours. At the same time, everyone's actual work amount is discovered. This examination allows an employer to find out the reasons behind overtime, reveal any unnecessary tasks performed and analyse if the work is well organised.
Superiors are also responsible for the coping of their subordinates and for allocating suitable workloads. Working hour tracking is also a good tool for this purpose.
Proper induction training pays off
Attention should be paid to the proper induction training of a new employee. This allows an employer to ensure that the work gets done right and that newcomers do the right things. As a result, the workload is decreased right from the start and the work carried out by a newcomer is more effective.
Occupational well-being and workloads should be discussed on a regular basis – even when no problems exist. Development discussions, for example, offer a good opportunity to discuss the matter.
At workplaces, it is useful to jointly agree upon the compensation for travel time and customer events and if, for example, it is necessary for an employee to come to the office early in the morning after arriving home late from work the previous night.